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US to attend Moscow talks on Afghanistan to 'observe discussions'

08 Nov 2018 1TV News

Read in Englishبه دری بخوانید2018-11-08 | 21 minute ago

A US representative will attend Afghanistan peace talks that will be hosted by Moscow on Friday, Washington said Wednesday.

“In coordination with the Afghan Government, the United States embassy in Moscow will send a representative to the working level to observe the discussions, and the United States stands ready to work with all interested parties to support and facilitate peace process,” Rober Palladino, deputy spokesperson for the US State Department said in a press briefing.

He said that the US believes that all countries should support direct dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban to reach an end to the war.

“We’ve been clear that no government, including Russia, can be a substitute for the Afghan Government in direct negotiations with the Taliban,” he said.

Russia invited 12 countries, including the US, to the talks which will be attended also by delegations from Afghanistan High Peace Council and the Taliban.

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