Moscow to host Russia-China-US meeting on Afghanistan peace

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KABUL (TCA) — Moscow will host a trilateral meeting on the Afghan peace between Russia, China and the United States, the Russian Embassy in Kabul said in a statement on April 23, Afghan broadcaster TOLOnews reported.

The meeting will be held at special representatives’ level in Moscow on April 25, the statement said.

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who has started his sixth multi-nation trip on Afghan peace, will also attend the meeting, the statement said.

The statement added that Zamir Kaboluv will represent Russia in the meeting.

Peace talks between the US and Taliban in Doha and the perspective of a national reconciliation process will be discussed in the meeting, the embassy said.

In the last round of the US and Taliban talks in Doha in mid-March, the two sides agreed in draft on foreign forces withdrawal from Afghanistan and counterterrorism assurances.

Russia has said it is in favor of coordinating efforts for Afghan peace by Washington and Moscow so that the “interests of regional states and Afghanistan’s neighbors” are portrayed in peace-related meetings.

In other news, some 250 Afghan politicians and civil society figures had been due to meet with Taliban negotiators in Doha starting on April 19 for the so-called intra-Afghan dialogue. It would have marked the first time that Taliban and Kabul government officials sat together. But the meetings were abruptly cancelled on April 18 amid disagreements about the size and composition of the Afghan delegation, RFE/RL reported.

Sergey Kwan

TCA