Amidst new efforts by the US to expedite Afghanistan’s reconciliation process, officials on Tuesday confirmed that Russia is planning to host a meeting on the Afghan peace process within the next 9 days and that it will invite key political leaders for the event.
Politicians from Afghanistan, including President Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, as well as foreign envoys and the Taliban representatives, are expected to attend the meeting in Moscow on March 18 to discuss the Afghan peace process, the reconciliation council’s spokesman Fraidoon Khwazoon said.
“A conference will be held. Some figures have been invited. The reconciliation council chairman has also been invited,” Khwazoon said.
“The High Council for National Reconciliation is consulting on the meeting and will decide whether to participate in the conference or not,” he said, adding that “Russia has an important role in the Afghan peace process.”
The aim of the meeting is to accelerate Afghanistan’s peace talks in Doha to put an end to the Afghan conflict, a source said, adding that the meeting has been coordinated with the United States.
Envoys from China, US and Pakistan will attend the meeting, according to a source.
The Presidential Palace so far has not commented on the meeting.
This comes as the US proposed a United Nations-led conference in Turkey on Afghanistan’s peace.
Courtesy: TOLO NEWS