Tajik President Emomali Rahmon yesterday had phone talks with European Council President Charles Michel.

The phone conversation that took place at the initiative of European Council President Charles Michel focused on the current situation in Afghanistan and formation of the inclusive government in that country, according to the Tajik president’s official website.  

At the beginning of the talks, Emomali Rahmon reportedly appreciated Mr. Michel’s initiative to discuss the Afghan issues.  

Tajik leader, in particular, noted that as a result of withdrawal of the international coalition forces from Afghanistan, the country today is on the brink of humanitarian disaster and the beginning of a new wave of the civil confrontation in the country, which is fraught with new difficulties and challenges for the entire Central Asian region.. 

Concern was raised about the possibility of further transformation of the territory of Afghanistan into a foothold for training international terrorists. 

It was pointed out with regret that the Taliban group had abandoned its pledges to consider power-sharing with all political forces in Afghanistan.

Rahmon stressed that Tajikistan, as the nearest neighbor of Afghanistan, advocates the creation of a peaceful and stable state with a central coordinating role of the United Nations.  

He also noted that Tajikistan will not recognize a government created by humiliation and ignoring the interests of the people of Afghanistan as a whole, including those of ethnic minorities. 

In this context, the importance of the early formation of an inclusive government was emphasized.

Meanwhile, UrduPoint says Mr. Michel tweeted after the phone call that he had an exchange with the President of Tajikistan on the situation in Afghanistan and the implications for Central Asia and the recently issued statement of the Tajik government. 

The EU official echoed the Tajik government's call for an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

"We agreed with President Rahmon on the need for a representative and inclusive Afghan government and importance of our Border Management cooperation in Central Asia to combat terrorism and trafficking of drugs," Michel said.

On August 15, the Taliban entered Kabul, prompting the US-supported civilian government to collapse. Ashraf Ghani resigned as president and fled the country to prevent what he described as imminent bloodshed if the militants had to fight for the city.

This development has created tensions in the region, with neighboring countries fearing the spread of violence and an exodus of asylum-seekers from the militant-controlled nation.