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    Posted: 29-Mar-2017 at 10:40pm

Russia, Iran urge dialogue between Afghanistan, Taliban

Russia, Iran urge dialogue between Afghanistan, Taliban

Russian President Vladimir Putin, after meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Kremlin, urged a direct negotiation between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Russia has viewed the Taliban in Afghanistan as a terrorist organization but in December 2015 said "the Taliban interest objectively coincides with ours" in fighting the so-called Islamic State.

"We discussed the situation in Afghanistan, stressing the importance of national reconciliation in that country," Putin said Tuesday. "Russia believes that Iran made a fruitful contribution at multilateral talks in Moscow in February by joining the international efforts aimed at the launch of a constructive dialogue between the Afghan government and Taliban militants."

The statement described poor conditions in Afghanistan.

"Putin and Rouhani expressed concern over the continuing deterioration of the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and the growth of terrorist threats from extremist forces in that state," the statement said. "Russia and Iran reaffirmed their readiness to continue to help strengthen the statehood of Afghanistan, its emergence as a peaceful, democratic, independent and prosperous state."

Last week, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the top U.S. general in Europe, told the Senate Committee on Armed Services that Russia may be giving material support to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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