Russia urges Tajikistan and Afghanistan to resolve dispute

Published October 1, 2021
Tajik service members take part in a military parade near the border with Afghanistan in the town of Khorog (Khorugh), Tajikistan, Sept 30. — Reuters
Tajik service members take part in a military parade near the border with Afghanistan in the town of Khorog (Khorugh), Tajikistan, Sept 30. — Reuters

MOSCOW: Russia urged Tajikistan and Afghanistan to resolve any dispute in a mutually acceptable manner, saying it had heard reports they were sending troops to their common border, TASS quoted the Russian foreign ministry as saying.

“We observe with concern the growing tensions in Tajik-Afghan relations amid mutually strong statements by the leadership of the two countries,” TASS quoted ministry spokesman Alexei Zaitsev as saying.

According to the Taliban’s own information, tens of thousands of special forces fighters have been deployed in the Takhar province of northeastern Afghanistan, adjacent to Tajikistan, he said.

Tajikistan’s foreign ministry and Taliban spokesmen were not immediately available for comment on the reports.

Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon has refused to recognise the Taliban-appointed cabinet in Kabul and lashed out at what he described as violations of human rights in the Taliban’s siege of the Panjshir province where opposition forces had rallies.

Published in Dawn, October 1st, 2021

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