Taliban-appointed diplomat takes charge in Moscow Embassy

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Afghan Taliban Leaders

ANKARA : A diplomat appointed by the Taliban as their charge d’affairs in Moscow took office on Saturday, an official with the interim Afghan administration said.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, thanked Moscow for “accrediting the Afghan diplomat” and “facilitating the role of the Afghan Embassy in ensuring bilateral relations.”

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The US and its allies withdrew their troops from Afghanistan after 20 years of war, and the Taliban took power as the US-backed government collapsed last August.

The Taliban-led interim set up has yet to be recognized by the international community.— AA

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