The deputy prime minister of Afghanistan’s interim government, Abdul Ghani Baradar, said Kazakhstan is ready to reopen the Afghan embassy and consulate soon.
This decision came after a Saturday meeting between Baradar and Kazakhstan’s deputy prime minister and minister of trade and integration, Serik Zhumangarin.
On Saturday, a delegation from Kazakhstan, led by the deputy prime minister and minister of trade and integration, visited Kabul. During his visit met with de facto senior authorities, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
During the meeting, the Taliban authorities asked the Kazakh delegation to receive the de facto diplomats to further improve the relationship between the two countries.
According to the Afghanistan Foreign Ministry, Zhomangarin said that despite challenging conditions, his country had maintained diplomatic ties with Afghanistan for a long time and had yet to close its diplomatic mission in Kabul.
The statement said the meeting aimed to expand trading ties, including railroads, improve regional connections, and invest in Afghanistan’s mineral reserves to increase commerce from $900 million to $3 billion annually.
Recently, the Taliban authorities appointed new diplomats of the Afghan Consulate-General in Tehran, Istanbul. The Taliban has also taken over the Afghan diplomatic mission in Pakistan, Russia and China.
However, so far, no country has recognized the legitimacy of the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan.