Taliban to meet Kabul officials in Russia to resume Afghan peace talks

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Kabul, May 28: An official delegation of the Taliban is poised to attend a two-day peace meeting with the Afghan government in Russia this week, according to officials reports on Monday, as fighting continues to grow in war-ravaged Afghan amid disturbed peace talks between the militants and the United States.

According to ANI news reports, in an official statement, the Taliban stated the group is slated to address a summit marking the 100th year of diplomatic ties between Russia and Afghanistan on May 28, which will be followed by further discussions with officials of Afghan government on May 29 over the future of the nation.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will lead the14-member Taliban delegation, which will be considered as his first foreign trip since Islamabad had released them from a Pakistani prison last October.

The High Peace Council (HPC) chairperson Mohammad Karim Khalili and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai are expected to attend Tuesday’s meeting in Moscow that aimed at putting an end to the 18-year-long war and crisis and Afghanistan.

The Afghan president’s office spokesperson told Al-Jazeera Kabul envoy in Moscow is also expected to participate in the ceremony, but however, it was not clear whether the envoy would meet the Taliban delegation.

The Taliban has been in peace negotiations with the US since last year but has repeatedly declined to hold peace talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government, subjecting the government as a puppet of Washington.

An “intra-Afghan dialogue” had been scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar in April which was canceled after the Taliban objected the attendance of new Afghan delegation in the peace talks.



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