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    Russia and Iran plan to continue discussions over the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s representative for Afghanistan said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Zamir Kabulov said Moscow and Tehran agreed to continue consultations and cooperation in support of the Afghan government to successfully counter the threat posed by Daesh.

    "On Afghanistan, the Iranians share with us [Russia] the deep concern about the deterioration of both the military and political situation in this country. They are concerned even more than us about the growing threat of Daesh, which threatens the stability not only of Afghanistan, but the entire region," Kabulov told RIA Novosti.

    "Of course, we will together with the Iranians and other like-minded partners promote stabilization in Afghanistan, both in military and political terms, as well as economically," he stressed.

    The US offered Russia to take part in 6+1 talks on Afghanistan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 22, and Moscow has agreed to the proposal, Kabulov said.

    "As the quartet of the US, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan has actually failed, they are actively looking for other formats that could be effective. The Afghans and the Americans want to return to the 6+1 format, which originally proposed by Russia. These are closed consultations between the representatives of Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran, China and the US," Kabulov told RIA Novosti.

    He added that two rounds of talks on Afghanistan were held within the last 1,5 years but then were put on hold with the emergence of the quartet format.


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