fredag 12. november 2021

US, Russia, China and Pakistan meet to discuss Afghanistan as humanitarian crisis deepens

Representatives from the United States, Russia, China, and Pakistan met on Thursday to discuss Afghanistan amid the deepening humanitarian crisis on the ground and months after the Taliban seized power. The representatives of those four countries -- known as the extended troika -- also "met with senior Taliban representatives on the sidelines" of that meeting in Islamabad, according to a 15-point joint statement released by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting comes weeks after a similar discussion was held in Moscow, which was not attended by the United States. US Special Representative Tom West attended Thursday's extended troika talks.

The extended troika "(e)xpressed deep concern regarding the severe humanitarian and economic situation in Afghanistan and reiterated unwavering support for the people of Afghanistan," and "(w)elcomed the international community's urgent provision of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and expressed grave concern at the potential for an economic collapse and significantly worsening humanitarian crisis and a new refugee wave."