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Moscow talks on Afghanistan peace postponed

Moscow talks on Afghanistan peace postponed

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Aug 27, 2018 - 19:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Russia on Monday postponed a major meeting on Afghanistaninfo-icon peace earlier planned to take place next week in Moscow after President Ghani telephoned Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and emphasized on the Afghan ownership of the peace process.

Russia has invited 14 countries to the Sept 4 huddle including the US, China, Iran, Pakistaninfo-icon, Afghanistan and central Asian states, but the US and Afghanistan refused to participate in the talks.

A Talibaninfo-icon delegation from their Qatar office was due to attend the meeting in Moscow.

A statement from the Presidential Palace in Kabul said President Ghani and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov talked over the phone on Monday. The two decided to postpone the Moscow meeting for the sake of being ‘effective’.

The meeting was delayed in order both the countries jointly make preparations and jointly host the meeting, the statement said.

During this period, Afghanistan would continue domestic consultations and teams of the two counties would jointly make preparations for the meeting and set a date.

The President Palace said President Ghani thanked international and regional friends and partners particularly Russia for their efforts to achieve peace in Afghanistan.

He said the fundamental principle for peace talks was their ownership by the Afghans and any other format in this regard should be taken in full coordination.

The Russian foreign minister for his part said his country also wanted ownership of the peace talks to be with the Afghans and Moscow was ready for every kind of support in this regard.

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