Russia to host talks with Afghan leaders, Taliban delegation

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. — Reuters pic
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. — Reuters pic

MOSCOW, Nov 3  —Russia said today that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had agreed to send a group of senior politicians to peace talks in Moscow, at which a delegation representing the Taliban would be present.

Russia in August proposed holding multilateral peace talks in Moscow, and invited 12 countries and the Taliban to attend a summit the following month. But the meeting was postponed after Ghani rejected the invitation on the grounds that talks with the Taliban should be led by the Afghan government.

In a statement today, Russia's foreign ministry said the talks were now confirmed to be held on November 9.

“It will be the first time that a delegation from the Taliban's political office in Doha will attend such a high-level international meeting,” the foreign ministry said.

The ministry has invited several other countries to send representatives, including India, Iran, Pakistan, China and the United States. — Reuters