“No Military Solution to Afghan Crisis:” Uzbek Foreign Minister

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KABUL: Aziz Kamilov, Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister, in a PBS interview this Saturday, said that there is no military solution to the Afghan crisis and that the Taliban should sit down with the Afghan government for talks.



“We have different visions here in the region… We must know about the Afghan crisis that there is no military solution,” Kamilov said.



According to him, “Afghanistan must be an integrated part of Central Asia, one single common region. It is necessary to have a regional and international common approach towards the peace process in Afghanistan,” he said.



He stated that Uzbekistan welcomes any structure for negotiations, whether they are held in Doha, Turkey, or elsewhere, and that his country was the first to make direct contact with Taliban leaders.



“The question is what will be the political system in Afghanistan,” he said, emphasizing that Uzbekistan will not accept a government similar to the Taliban’s in the late 1990s.



“Of course, we cannot accept something which Afghanistan had in the 90s, an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, but at the same time we think that this problem must be solved on the basis of mutual compromise between the government – the existing government – and between the military opposition, Taliban and others,” he said. 



He also claimed that the Taliban were not recognized as a terrorist organization outside of Afghanistan because they haven’t carried out any terrorist attacks “beyond Afghanistan’s borders.”



“Sometimes people say the Taliban’s movement is a terrorist organization. Of course, maybe they had some contacts within Afghanistan with different extremist organizations, but at the same time, we cannot give an example of the Taliban over the past 40 years organizing some terrorist attack beyond the national borders of Afghanistan, neither in Central Asia nor in Europe or somewhere else,” he said. 



He also added that he also did not recognize the Taliban as a terrorist group because they signed a peace deal with United Stated.



With the US Troops’ withdrawal closing in, Washington is reported to be seeking assistance from Afghanistan’s neighboring countries to keep an eye on the country after completed withdrawal.