MOSCOW, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Russia is ready to help enhance the combat capacity of Afghan armed forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.
He made the remarks at a meeting with Afghan national security adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar, according to a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
In addition, Lavrov told Atmar that Russia wants to advance partnership with Afghanistan in trade, economic and humanitarian fields.
According to Lavrov, Russia is planning new steps to promote national reconciliation in Afghanistan and will try to mobilize the international community to move in this direction.
Fighting between government forces and Taliban militants has claimed hundreds of lives from both sides, and has forced thousands of families to leave their homes for safer places over the past couple of years.