Russian Foreign Ministry invites banned Taliban delegation to World Islamic Forum in Kazan


The Russian Foreign Ministry has extended an invitation to Afghan Taliban representatives to attend the upcoming Russian-Islamic World Forum in Kazan from May 14-19, the Russian propaganda agency TASS reported on April 1.

Moscow's cooperation with the Taliban government on anti-terrorism efforts "is conducted on a regular basis," said the Ministry’s second Asian Department director, Zamir Kabulov.

"There is nothing special to add here."

On March 23, analysts of the U.S.-based think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) suggested that the Crocus City Hall shooting could have been carried out by representatives of the Afghanistan-based Islamic State unit ISIS-X (Khorasan).

Militants from the Taliban Islamist movement, which is banned in Russia, launched a large-scale offensive across Afghanistan in early May 2021 amid the withdrawal of American and other Western military contingents that had been stationed there for 20 years.

On Aug. 15, the Taliban captured the country's capital, Kabul. In late August 2021, the Islamist movement announced the seizure of power in Afghanistan and proclaimed the formation of the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan."

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Taliban's talks in Europe ended on Jan. 27 in Oslo, Norway. Western countries have ruled out the possibility of recognizing the Taliban.

Nearly 20 million people across Afghanistan are facing an acute food crisis, according to the UN. Western governments and institutions have denied the Taliban access to the previous government's foreign currency reserves and cut off the organization from foreign aid, exacerbating the problem.

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In August 2022, the Taliban government announces that Afghanistan is considering buying oil products and goods from Russia in a barter system. In return, the country agrees to export raisins, medicinal herbs, and minerals to Russia.

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