During his current visit to Ankara, Kabulov, who is also the head of the Second Asian Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry, met with his Turkish counterpart Rıza Hakan Tekin to discuss the peace process in Afghanistan.
"We welcome the strengthening of cooperation between Turkey and the Moscow format. Turkey and a number of regional states have the full right to be part of this format. With them we will solve [the Afghan problem] faster and better," Kabulov added.
The envoy also said that Washington expressed readiness to launch a dialogue about practical cooperation with Moscow in combating Daesh and al-Qaeda terrorist groups* in Afghanistan.
"…today Mr. Khalilzad said that the relevant competent US experts have asked him to inform their Russian colleagues that they are ready for substantive discussion of practical cooperation with Russia in combating IS (Daesh) and al-Qaeda. We take it as a sign that we have been heard, let the professionals take care of this now," Kabulov told Russian journalists in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) and al-Qaeda are terrorist groups banned in US, Russia and many other countries.