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Taliban, Afghan politicians invited to Russia event

Taliban, Afghan politicians invited to Russia event

May 26, 2019 - 18:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Russia has invited Talibaninfo-icon and Afghan politicians to attend a ceremony being organized to celebrate 100 years of diplomatic relationship between Russia and Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The event is scheduled for May 28 in Moscow, the capital of Russia.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Pajhwok Afghan News that they had also been invited by the Russian government to attend the ceremony.

However, he said the movement was yet to decide whether to attend the event or not.

A credible source, who wished to go unnamed, said a number of Afghan politicians from Kabul had also been invited to the Moscow event.

The source said Taliban and Afghan politicians would probably gather in a special meeting in Moscow on Monday, May 27.

Qadir Shah, spokesman for Hanif Atmar, a presidential candidate and former National Security Advisor, told Pajhwok that a number of politicians including Atmar had been invited to the ceremony.

However, he did not provide information about other politicians who were invited to Russia.

About a possible intra-Afghan meeting in Moscow, he said they supported and would attend any meeting about the peace process.

A statement from the office of former president Hamid Karzai said that Karzai during a meeting with Russian ambassador to Kabul two days ago was invited to join the ceremony. The source said Karzai accepted the invitation and would attend the event.

Another source who wished not to be named said up to 40 Afghan politicians including Hamid Karzai, Hanif Atmar, Atta Mohammad Noor, Ismail Khan and others had been invited to the event.

Pajhwok tried to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment about the issue, but failed.


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