Two Taliban leaders reportedly visited Moscow to talk with Russian leaders, according to the Washington Examiner.
The trip follows a recent visit of Taliban leaders to Oslo to urge unfreezing $10 billion in assets as Afghanistan deals with a growing humanitarian crisis.
#Taliban and Western diplomats are holding a meeting outside Norway’s capital #Oslo for talks focused on #Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis, which has escalated drastically since last August when the Taliban stormed back to power 20 years after being toppled in a #US-led invasion pic.twitter.com/XlEFeWZybo
— GAROWE ONLINE (@GaroweOnline) January 24, 2022
Mullah Baradar and Mullah Yaqub were reported as the two Taliban leaders to meet with Russian officials. However, Russian news sources have denied the meetings.
#News: The #Russia visit of Mohammad Yaqoob, defense minister and son of the #Taliban founder, and Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Baradar was widely reported on #Afghanistan and Middle East news sites although not officially confirmed.https://t.co/pcwGetN9x9
— That’s Enough (Anti-war Coalition) (@Thatsenough0) January 25, 2022
The growing outreach of the Taliban comes as the nation seeks both to help its starving people and as the new radical government seeks legitimacy among world nations.
The Taliban has already sought recognition as a government from the U.N., a move that did not proceed as the Taliban hoped.
The growing noise from the Taliban outside of Afghanistan shows Biden’s problems in leaving will continue to grow in the days ahead.