Pakistan, China, Russia’s envoys meet Afghan PM Mullah Akhund

The acting premier met with envoys. PHOTO: TWITTER/@osamabinjavaid

KABUL: Representatives of Russia, China, and Pakistan to Afghanistan met with the Prime Minister of Afghanistan Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund in the presidential Palace, Kabul on Tuesday.

The development was announced by Taliban spokesperson Ahmadullah Muttaqi in a tweet from his official handle. Without providing details, the spokesperson posted pictures of the meeting where Pakistan’s special envoy on Afghanistan affairs Muhammad Sadiq was also present.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the TAAS news agency said Russian Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov met Mohammad Hasan Akhund, acting Prime Minister of Afghanistan appointed by the Taliban movement.

“We will provide a detailed statement after this meeting is over, it will be published at the Foreign Ministry’s website,” the communique added.

The meeting comes days after Pakistan, Russia, China and Iran asked the United States and its Western allies to bear “primary responsibility” for the post-conflict reconstruction of Afghanistan.

The leaders called on the US to engage with the Taliban, though they also urged the new Afghan rulers to yield power to a more inclusive government, remain peaceful to neighbours and combat terrorism and drug trafficking.

The calls were made by the leaders while addressing the summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) – an eight-member regional alliance, also including four Central Asian states, as well as India – held in the Tajik capital Dushanbe.

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