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Afghanistan Neighbors : No Role for Taleban in Future Afghan Government - 2001-10-19


Russia and three of Afghanistan's neighbors - India, Iran and Tajikistan - have ruled out any role for the Taleban in a future Afghan government.

The Indian and Russian views were contained in a joint statement issued after a two-day meeting in New Delhi of a joint working group.

The statement says the Taleban movement is based on what it called "extremist and violent ideologies" that the statement says would pose a substantial danger to the stability of any broad-based multi-ethnic government.

In Dushanbe today (Friday) visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi agreed with Tajikistan's President (Emomali Rakhmonov) that the Taleban has no place in any future government of Afghanistan.

During talks in Islamabad earlier this week, U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell suggested that moderate elements in the Taleban might be incorporated into a future Afghan government.

All four of the countries have been strong critics of the Taleban.

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