Russian President Putin met Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur, Taliban denies talks
LONDON (92 News) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur have met in September on a military base in Tajikistan to discuss possible collaboration on fighting against IS, British media reported.
The British media has on Sunday revealed a secret meeting of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a military airbase in Dushanbe.
IS militants control large swaths of Syria and Iraq, and there are indications that the extremist group’s popularity is growing in Afghanistan.
Fighters pledging loyalty to IS reportedly overran new areas in the eastern province of Nangarhar earlier this month, causing many people to flee their homes.
Meanwhile, Taliban has denied that it held talks with Russian officials about efforts to combat Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan as a British newspaper reported that President Vladimir Putin had met the group’s leader earlier this year.
The insurgent group was responding to December 23 comments by Zamir Kabulov, Putin’s special envoy on Afghanistan, who was quoted by Interfax as saying that Moscow had established communication channels to exchange information with the Taliban.
We “do not see a need for receiving aid from anyone concerning so-called Daesh, and neither have we contacted nor talked with anyone about this issue,” the Taliban said in an English-language statement on its website.