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‘Considerable’ progress in Moscow talks: Joint statement

‘Considerable’ progress in Moscow talks: Joint statement

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May 31, 2019 - 13:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The two-day talks between Talibaninfo-icon and Afghan politicians ended in Moscow on Thursday without announcing a clear decision, but their joint statement said progress was made on some key issues.

The talks that wrapped up late Thursday involved a 14-member Taliban delegation led by co-founder of the movement Mullahinfo-icon Abdul Ghani Baradar and Afghan politicians including former president Hamid Karzai and Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon party head Atta Mohammad Noor.

Presidential candidate Hanif Atmar, Hezb-i-Wihdat party chief Mohammad Mohaqqiq and several other Afghan politicians took part in the event that coincided with a ceremony marking 100 years of diplomatic relations between Russia and Afghanistaninfo-icon.

In their joint statement, the participants thanking Russia for its hospitality said they had in-depth discussion on key issues and agreed to continue such meetings in future.

“Both sides held beneficial and in-depth discussion on ceasefire, protection of civilian lives, prisoners, the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, establishing Islamic system, national sovereignty, territorial integrity, national unity, womeninfo-icon’s rights and others.”

The joint statement said the discussions took place in a cordial environmentinfo-icon and both sides made ‘considerable’ progress in their talks. As some issues needed further discussion, it was agreed that such meetings would continue.

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