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Moscow invited to US-Taliban peace deal inking ceremony: Kabulov

14 Aug 2019 Afghanistan Times

AT News Report

KABUL: The Russian Special Presidential Envoy for

Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov on Wednesday announced that Russia was invited to

the signing ceremony of a likely future peace agreement between the Taliban and

the US.

“This was discussed, this was one of the conditions for the

leadership of the Taliban – they would like Russia and China to act as

guarantors of future agreements with the Americans,” he emphasized.

“So far there is nothing final, discussions are ongoing,

when they reach the results, we hope that the Americans will share with us,”

the diplomat said in an interview with the newspaper Izvestia.

“The US has put forward a ceasefire and the launch of the

Taliban-Afghan government negotiations as a precondition for its troops’ pullout,”

he maintained.

This comes as the US, China and Russia have been holding trilateral

meetings to create regional and international consensus for Afghan peace.

Earlier, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan

Zalmay Khalilzad called the previous round of negotiations with the Taliban

insurgent group ‘productive’.

The broad outline of the deal that the parties seek to reach

is well-known and includes the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in

return for the Taliban’s refusal to let terrorist organizations enter the

country, along with a ceasefire and the launch of intra-Afghan dialogue.

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