Peshawar, Feb 21 (AP) Russia has named an honorary consul in a Pakistani province on the Afghan border, signalling closer ties with Islamabad at a time when US-Pakistani relations are spiralling downward. Also Read - 42 Freed in One Day From Taliban Jail in Afghanistan

The appointment of Arsala Khan as honorary consul general in the northwestern Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province was announced at a ceremony on Tuesday. Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said it signalled a “new chapter” of renewed diplomatic relations. Also Read - Afghanistan: 26 Killed in Clashes Between Security Forces And Taliban Militants

Russia is concerned about the rise of an Islamic State affiliate based in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, just across the border. Also Read - PUBG Mobile Latest Updates: List of Countries Where You Can’t Play The Royale Game in 2021

The US has meanwhile suspended aid to Pakistan over its alleged support for the Afghan Taliban. The Trump administration and the Afghan government have accused Pakistan of harbouring Taliban insurgents who attack US and Afghan forces, charges denied by Islamabad. AP –

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