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Balance of power needed as Taliban positions are getting stronger: Putin

15 May 2019 The Khaama Press News Agency

The Russian President

Vladimir Putin has said a balance of power is needed in Afghanistan as the

positions of Taliban are getting stronger.

Putin reportedly made

the remarks during a meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in


“On the issue of

Afghanistan, the [Russian] president and the [US] secretary of state also noted

rather good cooperation between specialists of our countries. Moreover, our

president noted that settlement in Afghanistan is a rather complicated issue as

the process itself is difficult. At the same time, the positions of the Taliban

[movement banned in Russia]

are getting stronger. So we need to step up

cooperation and try to achieve the balance of power in this country,”

presidential aide Yury Ushakov was quoted as saying in a report by Russia’s TASS

News Agency.

The latest remarks by

Putin came as efforts are underway to find a negotiated political settlement to

end the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

A trilateral meeting

between Russia, China, and United States was organized late last month in

Moscow to discuss peace efforts in Afghanistan.

The participants of

the meeting had called on Taliban to join talks with the Afghan authorities as

soon as possible, according to TASS.

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