Russia’s Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said on Friday that Turkey is an important player in Afghanistan and could be included in the Moscow format of the Afghan settlement.
During his current visit to Ankara, Kabulov, met with his Turkish counterpart Rıza Hakan Tekin to discuss the peace process in Afghanistan.
“We noted that we perfectly understand the influence and significant role of Turkey in this region and see it as an important player in the Afghan settlement,” Kabulov told Russian reporters.
The envoy also said that Washington expressed readiness to launch a dialogue about practical cooperation with Moscow in combating Daesh and al-Qaeda terrorist groups in Afghanistan, “…today Mr. Khalilzad said that the relevant competent US experts have asked him to inform their Russian colleagues that they are ready for substantive discussion of practical cooperation with Russia in combating IS (Daesh) and al-Qaeda. We take it as a sign that we have been heard, let the professionals take care of this now”.