Blinken Discusses Afghanistan Situation with Lavrov, EU and NATO Chiefs

In light of the turbulent situation in Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov had telephone conversation on Monday focused on the violent change of regime in the country, Russian Foreign Ministry says in a statement on its website.

The conversation initiated by the US side was focused on the escape of the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and following collapse of power bodies

Blinken informed Lavrov about the ongoing efforts of the US administration to evacuate the US embassy employees and humanitarian tasks arising from the ever changing situation on ground while Lavrov has presented Russia’s views on the situation, focusing on the Russian embassy’s contacts with representatives from all key political forces in Afghanistan to ensure stability, law and order.

The both agreed that consultation involving all concerned sides is necessary to promote dialogue in Afghanistan, including the UN, China, Pakistan and other concerned countries so they can help create conditions for initiating inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue in the new environment.

Later in the day, as State Department spokesperson Ned Price informed, Blinken has discussed the situation in Afghanistan with the EU representatives, NATO chiefs and top UK and Turkish  diplomats, expressing at the same time his profound appreciation for their efforts in the process.

The conversations focused on the efforts to bring to safety every foreign citizen and help vulnerable Afghans.

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