Third Moscow Format on Afghanistan released a joint statement after concluding the meeting saying that the Taliban are now new authorities in Afghanistan and acknowledged that the member states will interact with them respectfully.

The member states in their joint statement promised to respect the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Afghanistan.

The Moscow Format hosted by Russia was attended by Pakistan, Iran, India, China, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan concluded on Wednesday, October 20.

The statement reads that in order for the Taliban to gain recognition, the must for a truly inclusive government the one which also a prerequisite for national reconciliation.

The joint statement though praises the Taliban’s pledges over Afghanistan’s soil not to be used against any country, asked the de-facto authorities in Kabul to pursue a moderate and wise internal and foreign policy, be friendly to Afghanistan’s neighbor states.

“It is important that the Taliban seek friendly relations with neighbor states to achieve the shared goals of durable peace, security, safety, and long-term prosperity and respect the rights of ethnic groups, women, and children.” Reads the joint statement.

The member states of the Moscow Format expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and promised to convene a broad-based donor conference as soon as possible.

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  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.