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Afghanistan refutes Russia’s support to Taliban demands for foreign troops exit

NATO soldiers stand near a damaged NATO military vehicle at the site of a suicide car bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 11, 2015. A suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of foreign troops in the Afghan capital during rush hour-traffic on Sunday, flipping an armored vehicle on its side, but the number of casualties was unknown. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Reacting to Russia supporting Taliban’s calls for withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, Afghanistan said that Kabul has the sovereignty to decide the matter and that no one else has the right to dictate terms or issue instructions regarding the same.

The remarks were made by Presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi, reports Khaama Press.

He said that the issue relates to the Afghan nation and it is up to the Afghan Government to decide regarding the presence of foreign forces or forces belonging to international allies.

This comes as the Russian special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov earlier endorsed Taliban militants group’s call for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan.

“Of course it’s justified” for the Taliban to oppose the foreign military presence,” Kabulov said during an interview.

Kabulov further added “Who’s in favor? Name me one neighboring state that supports it.”

The latest remarks by Kabulov come in the wake of concerns by U.S. officials regarding the growing attempts by Moscow to strengthen links with the Taliban group.

Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Washington is concerned Russia’s presence in Afghanistan and its interactions with Taliban fighters

Authorities in US military had earlier accused Moscow of supporting the Taliban insurgency, a claim Russia refuted as an attempt to tarnish the image of the country. (ANI)