Kazakhstan’s Exclusion of IEA from Banned Groups Helps Afghanistan Out of Isolation: Russia

Sat Dec 30 2023
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MOSCOW: Kazakhstan’s decision to remove the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) from its list of banned groups has garnered praise from Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. According to Zakharova, this decision is expected to play a crucial role in bringing Afghanistan out of international isolation, fostering stability in the region, and promoting dialogue with Afghan authorities.

Zakharova expressed hope that Kazakhstan’s decision would positively impact the development of dialogue with Afghan authorities, strengthening mutual trust. She emphasized the potential for collaborative efforts in maintaining regional security, combating terrorism, and addressing drug-related crime.

Significance of Kazakhstan’s Decision

The move is seen as a step toward integrating Afghanistan into global political and economic processes, opening avenues for humanitarian support to the Afghan population.

The Russian diplomat highlighted the potential positive impact on inter-Afghan reconciliation and the overall stabilization of the situation within the country. While Kazakhstan’s decision is aligned with UN Security Council resolutions, with the IEA not included in lists of organizations recognized as terrorists by the UN, it remains on Moscow’s list of banned groups.

Kazakh Foreign Ministry Spokesman Aibek Smadiarov noted that the decision was made in accordance with UN practice, reflecting the international community’s nuanced approach to dealing with the IEA.

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