Moscow to Host Russia-US-China Trilateral Meet on Afghan Peace

Moscow is set to host a trilateral meeting on Afghan peace within the next two days between Russia, China and the United States, the Russian Embassy in Kabul said in a statement on Tuesday.

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

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad will also attend the meeting, the statement confirmed, while Zamir Kaboluv will represent Russia in the meeting.

Khalilzad has begun his sixth round of tour in the region as a part of the Afghan peace process negotiations.

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 clarified.

Russia has repeatedly shown its willingness to cooperate and facilitate talks for Afghan peace. In November 2018, Russia hosted talks in Moscow to end the war in Afghanistan, drawing delegates from a body appointed by the Western-backed government in Kabul and a group representing the Taliban, as well as officials from a dozen nations, including the United States.
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In February 2019, the more informal format of talks took place between certain political party members of Afghanistan including former Afghan President Karzai as well as Taliban delegates.

On the other hand, the United States has consistently, especially since appointment of Khalilzad as special envoy for Afghan reconciliation, facilitated talks with Taliban. In the Doha meeting between the two sides last month, an agreement was reached on some conditions regarding draft peace agreement.

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