US Cast as Villain During Meeting of Afghan Neighbors

Voice of America News reports: “A gathering of regional foreign ministers to discuss the way forward in Afghanistan this week brought little in the way of new initiatives but provided a forum for several of Kabul’s neighbors to blame the country’s economic plight on the United States and its Western allies.

The United States ‘was portrayed as an irresponsible actor, which for two decades destroyed Afghanistan and now refuses to cover the damage,’ said a Central Asian diplomat who described to VOA the general mood at the Samarkand meeting hosted by Uzbekistan and attended by representatives of Afghanistan, China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity.

That message was reflected on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Telegram channel, which said the participants ‘emphasized that the U.S. and its NATO allies must be held accountable for the outcome of their 20-year military campaign, which brought Afghanistan to its current dire state.’…”

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