Latest Sergey Lavrov News

The Latest: US envoy praises Qatar for Afghanistan flights

Sep. 10, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — More than 250 foreign nationals have left Afghanistan in the past three days, says Zalmay Khalilzad, Washington’s special envoy and the architect of an often criticized deal with the Taliban. The deal signed last year provided for the safe...

The Latest: US helped family escape Afghanistan overland

Sep. 06, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The United States is confirming for the first time that it has helped a U.S. citizen and family members to escape Afghanistan through an overland route to a neighboring country. A U.S. official says Monday that the citizen and the citizen’s children...

The Latest: US strikes at IS in retaliation for bombing

Aug. 27, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The United States military struck back at the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport. ...

The Latest: Mexico accepts its 1st group of Afghan refugees

Aug. 24, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has accepted its first group of refugees from Afghanistan. The five women and one man arrived Tuesday in Mexico City, where they were welcomed by Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard. Ebrard told the group, “Welcome to your home.” ...

The Latest: US says Kabul evacuees don't need COVID tests

Aug. 19, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Amid the chaos and confusion at the airport, the United States said it had taken at least one step to ease requirements for those seeking to leave: COVID-19 tests. Although Afghanistan had been a hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic, the State Department...

Russia supports withdrawal of foreign fighters from Libya

Aug. 19, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat assured his Libyan counterpart Thursday that Moscow supports the withdrawal of all foreign fighters from the North African country and is prepared to help work out the details with other countries. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey...

Russia was ready for Taliban's win due to longtime contacts

Aug. 19, 2021 02:35 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — When the Taliban swept over Afghanistan, Russia was ready for the rapid developments after working methodically for years to lay the groundwork for relations with the group that it still officially considers a terrorist organization. Russian Foreign...

US urges over 150 world leaders not to come to UN over COVID

Aug. 18, 2021 21:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is urging the more than 150 countries planning to send their leader or a government minister to New York to speak in person at the U.N. General Assembly next month to consider giving a video address instead to prevent the annual high-level week from...

The Latest: Australia flies out 26 from Kabul, plans more

Aug. 17, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — CANBERRA, Australia — Australia had evacuated the first 26 people, including Australian and Afghan citizens, from Kabul since the Taliban overran the Afghan capital, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. An Air Force...

China blames US over Afghanistan, but says will work with it

Aug. 17, 2021 05:08 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has expressed a willingness to hold talks with the U.S. to promote a “soft landing” in Afghanistan, while heavily criticizing Washington and again demanding that the Biden administration halt its attacks on China. Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a...