Comment by the Information and Press Department on the terrorist attack in Afghanistan

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 09:02

On April 21, the Taliban staged yet another attack, this time against an Afghan National Army base in Balkh Province in northern Afghanistan. They have killed over 200 people, most of them Afghan military personnel.

It is regrettable that the most pessimistic predictions on a new season of fighting have materialised in Afghanistan. We have to say that the bloody internal conflict in long-suffering Afghanistan has not abated despite the presence of NATO forces, which was deployed there years ago, and despite the massive foreign investment in strengthening Afghanistan’s defence and law enforcement agencies.

This terrorist attack is the latest evidence of the need for intra-Afghan peace talks and a direct dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban as soon as possible. Russia reaffirms its willingness to help launch the process of national reconciliation in Afghanistan, including through the Moscow talks on Afghanistan.

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