Russia to Hold Moscow-Format Talks on Afghanistan
For the second time, Moscow to hold international talks on Afghanistan on October 20, Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said.
Russia intends to host international Moscow-format talks on Afghanistan on October 20, Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said Thursday.
Kabulov did not provide further detail regarding the upcoming talks in statements reported by Russian news agencies.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said he would participate in the Moscow-format talks on Afghanistan that would be held in the Russian capital.
Amirabdollahian reported that serious and bilateral talks would take place during this visit in light of the latest development in the Caucasus region and Afghanistan.
On September 17, during the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin had said Moscow needed to work with the Taliban government in Afghanistan.
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov had said that Moscow would not be imposing any conditions on the Taliban. However, it would observe how the group would fulfill their pledges.
Moscow had held talks on Afghanistan in March. During the talks, Russia, the United States, China, and Pakistan issued a joint statement urging the two parties to the conflict to reach a peace agreement and curb violence.
The Taliban decided that same month to attend the upcoming talks on Afghanistan in Russia. The Afghan government will also participate in two peace conferences in Turkey and Russia.