The Times of India is reporting that the Taliban have sent a dispatch to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)–the Russia and China dominated regional body that has often been seen as a counter to U.S. influence in central Asia.
The letter, written in Pashto, signifies two important aspects. First, that the Taliban are functioning as a unified organisation, with a definite leadership, and feeling strong enough to seek negotiations as a political body. Second, the letter is an attempt to exploit the differences between
the China-Russia-CIS combine against the United States, highlighting the general perception that the SCO is intended to keep the US out of the Central Asian region.
No word yet on whether a response is forthcoming.