Recognition of Taliban not on the table, says Russia’s foreign minister

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Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said the international recognition of the Taliban is not on the table.

Lavrov also called on Taliban group to behave in a civilized manner, urging the group to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

He made the remarks upon his visit to New York for the 76th United Nations General Assembly, according to TASS News Agency.

“We will encourage those who have now taken power in Kabul after the retreat of foreign contingents to behave in a civilized manner,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lavrov said Moscow is in contact with the Taliban (outlawed in Russia) on the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

“The first step that was taken [by the Taliban], the formation of an interim government body, certainly does not reflect the entire spectrum of Afghan society in terms of ethnic and political groups,” Lavrov said.

He also added that the representatives of Russia, China and Pakistan recently visited Doha and Kabul, for the consultations with the Taliban and secular authorities.

According to Lavrov, the representatives of the three countries discussed the need to ensure the formation of a truly representative government body.

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