MOSCOW, Feb 8 : Russia positively assesses the appointment of a new chief of the Taliban political office in Doha and believes that extended powers of the official will speed up Taliban's peace talks with the United States, Russian Foreign Ministry Second Asian Department Director Zamir Kabulov told Sputnik.
According to TOLOnews, Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the founders of the radical movement recently released from a Pakistani jail, has been appointed the leader of Taliban political office in Doha. The move is reportedly aimed to boost peace talks with the United States.
"We positively assess the appointment of the new head of political office considering that the new official is one of the deputies to Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada," Kabulov said. "The importance of the move lies in the fact that he is reportedly given authority to make decisions on the spot on behalf of the Taliban leadership... This will speed up the negotiations process to a certain extent," the Russian diplomat said.
Kabulov also said that there is a certain rapprochement in Russian and US positions on the Afghan settlement. "The Americans understand that key countries that want and can do something must be involved in solving the Afghan problem. The United States, Russia, China are among such states. They also believe participation of Pakistan and Iran is very important," the diplomat added. (UNI-SPUTNIK)