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Putin, Mirziyoyev discuss situation in Afghanistan - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev have discussed the situation in Afghanistan by telephone, the Kremlin’s press-service said on Sunday.

"The situation in Afghanistan was discussed in detail. It was agreed the Russian and Uzbek agencies and ministries concerned would step up cooperation," the statement runs.

The two presidents will keep in touch further on, the press-service added.

After the pullout of the bulk of the Western military contingent from Afghanistan the movement Taliban (outlawed in Russia) launched a massive offensive on all fronts towards Kabul. According to the television broadcaster Al Arabiya, Afghanistan’s former Interior Minister Ahmad Jalali assumed the duties of an interim administration. Acting Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Mirzakval told the television broadcaster TOLO News that the handover of power would be peaceful. Earlier, the Russian embassy said the situation in Kabul was "somewhat strained, but no war is on in the city.".

[Source: Tass, Moscow, 15Aug21]

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