30 Jan 2018 14:58

Moscow urges Afghan authorities, armed opposition to start national dialogue

MOSCOW. Jan 30 (Interfax) - The series of terror attacks that took place in Afghanistan in recent days proves that it is wrong to try to settle the Afghan situation by force, the Russian Foreign Ministry's press service said on Tuesday.

"We urge the Afghan authorities and armed opposition to establish a national dialogue for the purpose of peace and security in Afghanistan as soon as possible," the press service said.

"The ongoing events prove that the bet on using force to settle the Afghanistan situation is wrong and that the entire world must combine its efforts to fight terrorism. Russia will carry on the irreconcilable struggle against every manifestation of terrorism," it said.

The ministry reiterated Moscow's readiness to cooperate in order to increase the potential of Afghanistan's national security forces and counteract the growth of international terrorism in this country.

There has been a series of terror attacks in Afghanistan in recent days; up to 200 people have died, and at least 400 have been injured, the press service said.

"We strongly condemn those inhumane terror attacks. We hope that the culprits behind these crimes will be identified and punished as they deserve. We extend our condolences to the near and dear of the victims, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured," it said.