Lavrov urges dialogue between Taliban and Afghan government

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TASHKENT, Uzbekistan – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed the importance of dialogue between the Taliban and the Afghan government while meeting with other international officials at a high-level international conference on Afghanistan in the Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent on Tuesday.

“The idea of a military solution is divorced from historical experience and today’s realities,” Lavrov said.

“Only through the establishment of dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban will it be possible to achieve genuine peace and stabilisation,” Lavrov continued.

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Lavrov also lauded the improving relations between Central Asian countries.

Since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the US military has failed to defeat the Taliban with all analysts agreeing that any full withdrawal of the US military will see the Taliban defeat the Afghan government and assume control of the entire country again.

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