The first Taliban charge d'affaires of the Afghan Embassy in Moscow
An Afghan soldier posing, behind newly adopted flag by Afghanistan (File Photo/AFP)

Dubai, UAE / TEH: The first diplomat appointed by the “Taliban” movement took office, Saturday, to start work as Chargé d’Affairs at the Afghan Embassy in Moscow,” according to an official in the Afghan Interim Administration.

In a press statement, the spokesman for the Afghan Foreign Ministry, Abdul Qaher Balkhi, thanked Moscow for “accrediting the Afghan diplomat and facilitating the role of the Afghan embassy in ensuring bilateral relations,” according to an online magazine, The Eastern Herald correspondent.

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The Afghan official added that “Russia’s accreditation of the diplomat is a step towards dealing with the interim Afghan administration,” without specifying the position that the diplomat will occupy in the embassy.

For its part, the Russian TASS news agency quoted an (unnamed) Afghan source as saying that “Jamal Garwal will take over the post of Afghan Chargé d’Affairs in Moscow.”

Earlier, the “Taliban” dismissed the Afghan ambassador to Russia, Saeed Al-Tayeb Jawad, who was appointed by the previous administration.

On March 31, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, in a press statement, that “the first diplomat assigned by the Taliban to Moscow has received the accreditation of the Russian Foreign Ministry.”

On April 3, the Russian President’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said that the Taliban government wants to deepen relations with his country.

In statements to the state TV channel Russia-1, Kabulov described the dialogue with the Taliban as “friendly.”

And in the middle of last August, the “Taliban” movement took control of Afghanistan completely, paralleling the final stage of a US military withdrawal from the country, which was completed at the end of the same month.

The countries of the world are still reluctant to recognize the rule of the “Taliban”, and link this to the behavior of the movement, especially respect for human rights, and not to allow Afghanistan to be used as a “haven for terrorists”.

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