Russia invites Taliban to Afghanistan talks in September


MOSCOW:Russia on Monday said it was preparing international peace talks on Afghanistan on September 4 and has invited the Taliban, the day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared a new 3-month ceasefire. “We are preparing it for September 4,” Zamir Kabulov, special representative of the Russian president on Afghanistan, said in an Interfax news agency report.
Asked whether the Taliban was invited to the meeting in Moscow, Kabulov said they were and that the talks were “in the framework of launching a process of national reconciliation in Afghanistan.”
He said Moscow views “positively” the truce offer extended by GhaniSunday, which followed a bloody week of fighting across Afghanistan, including a Taliban assault against the important provincial capital Ghazni. Russia “hopes that the Taliban will react positively” to the offer,Kabulov said. The Taliban has not yet responded to the proposal, which was welcomed by NATO and the US.– Agencies


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