Efforts to delist Taliban from Russia’s banned groups ‘going well’, diplomat says

MOSCOW — Efforts to remove the Taliban from Russia’s list of banned organizations are making significant progress, according to Zamir Kabulov, the Russian president’s special representative for Afghanistan.

In an interview with TASS, Kabulov, who also serves as director of the Foreign Ministry’s Second Asia Department, was asked about the timeline for the Taliban’s removal from the list.

“When all procedures are completed. They are still going on,” he replied.

When asked whether the procedures were proceeding smoothly, he affirmed, “Of course.”

Previously, Kabulov mentioned that both the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Justice Ministry had reported to President Vladimir Putin that the Taliban could be removed from the list of banned organizations.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov later remarked that the proposal to potentially delist the Taliban reflects an objective reality.