In a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the president stressed the need to prevent “terrorists” from fleeing the Islamic State and becoming refugees.
The head of state called on the nation not to impose “foreign values” on Afghanistan, which has been ravaged by years of war and civil strife.
In this sense, he pointed out, it is necessary to end the desire to build in other countries “democracy based on foreign models, completely ignoring traditions, regardless of historical, national or religious specialties.”
For the President, “This is the lesson of Afghanistan.” In turn, he explained that rebel forces were controlling almost the entire country, “a fact that must be taken into account so as not to allow the fall of the Afghan state.”
“We see that the Taliban have already announced the end of the war. We have begun to restore public order.
Putin reiterated his government’s support for the start of a national dialogue with the participation of all political, ethnic and consenting forces.
“We must do everything possible to join the forces to support the people of Afghanistan, normalize the situation in this country and establish good neighborly relations,” he said.
At the start of her meeting with Putin this Friday, Merkel said it was positive to maintain dialogue with Russia, despite differences between the two countries.
“Despite our differences, we are good to talk,” the president said, adding that Moscow and Berlin have a lot to talk about, “including the crisis in Afghanistan, trade relations and bilateral cooperation.”
Among the issues to be analyzed by the bilateral and regional agency, the visitor also cited issues related to the situation in Ukraine, Libya and Syria, relations with Belarus and the treatment of civil society.
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