Russian President’s special representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov has met a delegation of the Taliban in Moscow and stressed the need for resumption of peace talks between the militant group and the US to end 18-year of war in Afghanistan.
“Russian Presidential Special Representative for Afghanistan, Director of the Second Asian Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Zamir Kabulov received the Taliban delegation in Moscow,” Russian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik.
“The Russian side emphasized the need to resume talks between the United States and the Taliban… The Taliban, in turn, reaffirmed its readiness to continue dialogue with Washington,” it said.
The meeting between Russia and Taliban came days after US President Donald Trump had called off the negotiations with Taliban and cancelled a “secret meeting” with the group’s representatives at Camp David in the wake of the Kabul terror attack, which claimed 12 lives, including an American soldier.
Moscow has twice this year hosted meetings between the Taliban and prominent Afghan personalities.
On Saturday, Trump announced he had called off secret meetings with Afghan government leaders and Taliban officials that were to take place at Camp David. The president noted that the Taliban had claimed responsibility for a recent attack in Kabul that left 12 dead, including an American soldier.
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“What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?” Trump asked in a statement on Twitter, before adding that if the Taliban cannot agree to a cease-fire, “then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway.”