While some point out lingering factionalism inside the Taliban, others say that the ruling group in Kabul has shown its ‘cohesive’ nature by successfully negotiating with the US and defeating its enemies.
At a summit in the Tajik capital Dushanbe, CSTO member states resolved to reinforce the Russia-led bloc’s southern border with Afghanistan and hold military drills in a month
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation should "use its potential" to drive the Taliban in fulfilling its promises on preventing terrorism and drug trafficking, says President Putin.
Leaders of the eight-member bloc attending a summit in Tajikistan did not announce a timeline for Tehran's membership of the multilateral alliance.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison shrugs off Chinese anger over the decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines from the US, saying his country has a right to protect its interests.
Global lender's engagement with Taliban-led Afghanistan remains suspended, says IMF spokesman Gerry Rice, which means IMF funding is on hold.
The wealthy Gulf country will continue to be an interlocutor between Western capitals and the Taliban - and potentially one of the first countries to recognise the government.
"This brutal, unilateral, and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr Trump used to do," says FM Jean-Yves Le Drian, accusing US President Biden of stabbing Paris in back and acting like his predecessor Trump.
The 27-member bloc will set out a formal strategy to boost its presence in the region but Australia's decision to cancel submarine deal with France may complicate cooperation.
Collective Security Treaty Organisation or CSTO, which includes three Central Asian nations with borders with Afghanistan, says its members have no plans to host Afghan refugees amid political and security crisis.
Beijing slams Western allies and their new alliance under which Canberra will acquire nuclear submarine technology, calling it "extremely irresponsible".
Meeting between Deborah Lyons, head of UN mission in Afghanistan, and Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani focused on the delivery of humanitarian assistance "without any hurdle", says a Taliban spokesperson.
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