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Afghan peace council welcomes Taliban decision to participate in Moscow talks

08 Nov 2018 1TV News

2018-11-08 | 15 minute ago

Afghanistan's High Peace Council on Wednesday welcomed Taliban decision to join multilateral peace talks which will be hosted by Russia on Friday.

Taliban formally confirmed their participation in the upcoming meeting on Tuesday, saying its representatives will deliver a detailed speech and clarify their views and policy about all aspects of the Afghan conflict including restoring peace and security to Afghanistan.

Syed Ihsan Tahiri, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, also said that a four-member delegation of the council will participate in the meeting which is expected to be attended by 12 nations.

The delegation, which departs today Thursday, is led by the council’s deputy chairman Haji Din Mohammad, and involves also other deputies namely Ataur Rahman Saleem, Habiba Sarabi and Abdul Khabir Ochqun.

Russia had previously scheduled the meeting for September, but it postponed it after the Afghan government turned down the invitation on the grounds that peace talks with the insurgent group must be led by Afghanistan.

Russia expects the meeting to be attended at the level of deputy foreign ministers and special representatives.

Sebghat Ahmadi, a spokesman for Afghan Foreign Ministry, said that the government would not participate in Friday’s meeting.

Meanwhile, Tahiri of Afghanistan HPC said that no country could make a decision in Afghan peace negotiations, adding the process belongs to Afghans.

He also called on Taliban to form their negotiating team and on Pakistan to take positive and practical steps to help Afghan peace.

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