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Afghanistan: Russia Govt., Taliban Delegation Hold Talks In Moscow

Unic Press UK: There’s been a meeting a between Russian president’s special envoy for Afghanistan, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asia Department, Zamir Kabulov, and a Taliban delegation, the TASS news agency reports.

The meeting centered on the peace process in Afghanistan.

In a statement to the TASS news agency, Mohammad Sohail Shaheen, the spokesman for the Taliban – a “terrorist organization” outlawed in Russia Federation – said Friday:

“The delegation is here in Moscow. We have already met Z. Kabulov, Special Envoy for Afghanistan, to discuss with him the recent developments regarding the peace process in Afghanistan”.

Shaheen added that the Russian government had, at the meeting, expressed support for talks between the United States and the Taliban. “The Russia side stressed the necessity of the resumption of talks between the United States and the Taliban movement. Taliban, in turn, reiterated its readiness to continue dialogue with Washington,” he said.

The United States President, Donald Trump had, on Saturday, September 7, called off plans to “secretly” hold a meeting with the representatives of the Taliban, saying he’s doubts over the power of the Taliban leaders’ to negotiate in the light of the terror group’s inability to observe a ceasefire.

In a tweet, President Trump said: “Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?”

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