“We are negotiating in the field of business and finance <…> As for specific areas, we are interested in purchasing fuel, gas, this is what our country needs in the first place,” Garhwal said.
In addition, the official noted that the Afghan government would like to continue the implementation of the TAPI pipeline project, which runs through Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Construction of the pipeline began at the end of 2015, but stalled due to internal political difficulties in Afghanistan.
According to Garhwal, the Western sanctions that were imposed against Russia after the start of the special operation did not affect the cooperation between Moscow and Kabul. “No, we don’t feel any change. As we worked before, we are working now and will continue cooperation. This factor, as well as the factor of the change of government in Afghanistan, did not affect the cooperation between Kabul and Moscow and the intention to develop it,” he says.
After the US withdrew its troops from Afghanistan in the summer of 2021, the Taliban * came to power in the country. In September, a new government was announced in the republic. After the expulsion of the pro-American authorities, the Taliban * began to return discriminatory practices in the country, in particular, they forbade women to attend educational institutions. In addition, after the arrival of the Taliban * in Afghanistan, there were repeated terrorist attacks – in mid-April, more than 30 people died and were injured in an explosion at a mosque in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province in the north-east of the country.
*banned in Russia and recognized as extremist
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