July 25, 2021

The Taliban confirm their participation tomorrow in the peace consultations in Moscow

The Taliban confirm their participation tomorrow in the peace consultations in Moscow

The political office of the Taliban confirmed today its participation in the second round of international consultations on the Afghan conflict that will take place tomorrow in Moscow and in which, he said, there will be no negotiations with the Afghan government.

In a statement, the insurgent group said that a delegation of five representatives of the Islamic Emirate, as they call themselves the Taliban, will attend the meeting in which there will also be representatives of the Government of Afghanistan.

The spokesman of the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, stressed the presence of the delegation in Russia as the occasion to "clarify the policy of the Islamic Emirate on the end of the occupation of Afghanistan" to the ten members who will accompany the round of consultations.

In the letter also said that this conference will not be "to negotiate with any of the parties, rather it is about finding a peaceful solution to the problem of Afghanistan," he said.

In addition, the Taliban assured that "there will be no negotiations of any kind with the delegation of the Administration of Kabul".

According to the insurgents, the participation of the Taliban in the meeting strengthens the "international status" of the organization, while showing the results of "active, clear and independent diplomacy and the policy of the Islamic Emirate in the political field" .

The delegation will consist of the head of the Taliban political office, Al Haj Muhammad Abbas Stanikzai, along with four other members of the organization, according to the note.

According to the Russian government, the meeting will include the participation of deputy foreign ministers and special envoys from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the United States.

The meeting in the Russian capital was originally scheduled for September 4, but was postponed because Kabul refused to participate in it, by advocating for an "Afghans-led process."


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