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Ahmad Massoud discusses Afghanistan with Russian political leader Sergei Mironov

Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the National Resistance Front (NRF), discussed Afghanistan in a meeting with Sergei Mironov, the leader of the A Just Russia—For Truth political party, at the Russian parliament.

NRF said in a statement that Massoud was invited by Mironov, also deputy speaker at the Russian parliament, on Tuesday to discuss the political and security situation of Afghanistan and the region.

The two sides also discussed meaningful ways forward concerning the looming crises in Afghanistan, stressing inclusive government, counternarcotics, and fighting against terrorism and extremism.

The NRF leader emphasized, “There is no representative government in Afghanistan which could represent the diverse ethnic groups, more importantly, the fundamental human rights of women.”

In a video apparently by Russian news, Mironov highlighted Russia’s respect for Afghanistan’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, adding that the people of Afghanistan should determine their future.

In that regard, Mironov said, Afghanistan should not become a place for the geopolitical ambitions of foreign countries—a sentiment also echoed in Massoud’s remarks.

Led by Ahmad Massoud, the National Resistance Front (NRF) is an armed opposition group formed of former security forces battling the Taliban mainly in the northern and northeastern provinces, with Panjshir province as its stronghold.