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Russia urges international aid for Afghanistan ahead of talks with Taliban

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It is time to mobilise resources to provide Kabul with effective financial humanitarian support, says Russian FM Sergei Lavrov.
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MOSCOW: Russia called on Wednesday for a mobilisation of international aid to support Afghanistan, as Moscow hosted the Taliban for an international conference while regretting a US decision to stay away.

“We are convinced that it is time to mobilise the resources of the international community to provide Kabul with effective financial humanitarian support, including to prevent a humanitarian crisis and reduce migration flows,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters before the start of talks with Taliban, Chinese and Pakistani officials.

According to a press release by Pakistan, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and a high-level Afghan delegation attended the meeting

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