Russian envoy suggests potential UN-mediated meeting on Afghanistan in near future

Zamir Kabulov, the Russian president’s envoy to Afghanistan, revealed that discussions are underway regarding the possibility of organizing another UN-mediated international meeting of special envoys on Afghanistan in the near future.

In a statement to Russian State-run TASS, Kabulov outlined plans for a series of extensive international events focused on Afghanistan.

“We are planning a range of broad international events on Afghanistan. We and our regional partners remember that UN Secretary General [Antonio] Guterres planned to gather special envoys, just as he did, you will remember, in Doha in the spring, after the presentation of a report from his special coordinator,” Kabulov said.

He explained that after the presentation and distribution of the UN Secretary General’s report, thorough scrutiny is necessary. “We will have to study it thoroughly since he [the UN chief] said that after all the parties concerned analyze the report, he would like to again bring everyone together somewhere to exchange views on it,” Kabulov added.

The envoy emphasized that Russia will await an invitation from New York before making any concrete plans. Kabulov highlighted the potential significance of such a meeting, stating that it would provide an opportunity “to speak with partners and like-minded people” on the sidelines of the conference.

The previous conference on Afghanistan was held at Guterres’ initiative in Doha on May 1 to 2, 2023, bringing together special envoys from various countries, including Russia, the United States, China, and European Union representatives, among others.