Russia holds talks with Afghan leaders, Taliban delegation

Russia holds talks with Afghan leaders, Taliban delegation

FILE Photo: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks at a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan on 15 July 2018. REUTERS / Mohammad Ismail / File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia announced on Saturday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had agreed to send a group of high-level politicians to Moscow for peace talks with a Taliban delegation.

Russia proposed in August to hold multilateral peace talks in Moscow, inviting 12 countries and the Taliban to attend a summit next month. However, the meeting was postponed after Ghani rejected the invitation on the grounds that talks with the Taliban should be conducted by the Afghan government.

In a statement on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the talks would be confirmed on 9 November.

"It will be the first time that a delegation from the Taliban political office in Doha will attend such a high-level international meeting," said the Foreign Ministry.

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

Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Alexander Smith

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