Kazakhstan removes Taliban from list of terrorist organizations

Kazakhstan has officially removed the Taliban from its list of terrorist organizations, according to a statement from the presidential press service. The decision aims to foster trade and economic relations with Afghanistan under the Taliban rule.

“Kazakhstan has removed the Taliban regime from the terrorist list, based on the importance of developing trade and economic cooperation with modern Afghanistan and the understanding that this regime is a long-term factor,” President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said in the statement.

The announcement was made during a meeting with parliamentary speakers from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member countries, as reported by First Channel News. President Tokayev emphasized the strategic priority of integrating Afghanistan into regional relations.

This development coincides with Russia’s efforts to delist the Taliban as a terrorist organization. Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan, confirmed that the proposal to remove the Taliban from the terrorist list has been submitted by the ministries of foreign affairs and justice.