ROME — Russia’s foreign minister says the first priority after the evacuations from Afghanistan is to ensure security, especially with nations bordering the war-torn country.
Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters in Rome after meeting with Italy’s premier and foreign minister on Friday that Russia “wants to better understand what role our Western partners see for Russia” on Afghanistan.
Lavrov referred to Premier Mario Draghi’s determination to use Italy’s current presidency of the Group of 20 industrial and emerging-market nations to work closely with Russia and China on Afghanistan.
Lavrov said he pressed Italy to also involve Iran and Pakistan in any such multi-national effort. Those two countries, which are not G-20
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