Russia and a number of other countries will guarantee the USA-Taliban agreement

Russia and a number of other countries will guarantee the USA-Taliban agreement

Russia and a number of other countries will act as a guarantor of a possible agreement between the USA and the “Taliban” movement. About it the Russian news Agency “Interfax” reported the special representative of RF President on Afghanistan, Director of the RF MFA Second Asian Department Zamir Kabulov.

At the same time, he noted that there is no agreement yet. “Officially, it has not been confirmed by anyone, there is no date of signing,” said Kabulov.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Russian Federation Igor Morgulov, also told reporters that “on the insistence of both sides” in one capacity or another Russia may take part in signing of the agreement between the USA and the Taliban.

“First of all it is necessary to understand when there will be an agreement, and what will be its essence,” added Deputy Minister.

Some details of the impending agreement were revealed by the special representative of the State Department for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in an interview to the Afghan TV channel TOLOnews. He noted that the US President Donald Trump has to approve the agreement. He should also determine where and at what level the document will be signed.

According to Mr. Khalilzad, the draft agreement, in particular, provides that, subject to the Taliban agreements, the Americans will withdraw from the country five thousand soldiers being on American military bases. The Taliban, for their part, must guarantee that they will not allow international terrorists to be based in Taliban-controlled territory, and they must also respect the ceasefire with Kabul and begin internal political negotiations.

The US special representative scorned the return to the Islamic Emirate — the regime of Taliban rule in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. This issue caused concern among the official authorities of the country.

Mr. Khalilzad arrived in Kabul after talks with the “Taliban” leadership in Doha. He met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and turned him over details of the agreement.