MOSCOW, January 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia seeks the United Nations’ central role in efforts towards normalizing the situation in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday in his opening remarks to the talks with Jan Kubis, head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
“We are glad to see you in Moscow,” he said. “We want the UN to do its utmost to resolve the situation in Afghanistan.”
“There is hardly any place, where you can hide from terrorism in Afghanistan. All countries should make a conclusion from this,” Lavrov said, thanking Kubis for condolences over the death of Russian diplomat Vadim Nazarov killed in a terror act in Kabul.
The suicide attack at a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on January 17 killed 21 people, including four UN staff members, and injured many more. Vadim Nazarov was the Senior Political Officer at the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
The UN envoy emphasized importance of such meetings and Russia’s significant role in fulfilling tasks in Afghanistan.
Kubis said this year would be “a historic moment” for Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the international security assistance force and attempts to launch a process of national reconciliation.