Intra-Afghan Talks in Moscow End After Two Days with Release of a Joint Statement

After two days of close-door negotiations, the participants of the second Intra-Afghan talks in Moscow ended their talks. A joint statement was issued at the end of the meeting in Moscow. Both sides discussed continued intra-Afghan talks, ceasefire, the release of prisoners, protection of civilians, foreign troop withdrawal, end of the “foreigner’ interference, the preservation of national sovereignty, & women rights.

The joint statement, which was released on Thursday, said that the participants of the meeting have a common will to achieve sustainable peace.

They said that some issues require further discussion subsequently implying the need for another meeting in the future.Contrary to what was expected, the both sides failed to achieve a cease-fire in the days of Eid al-Fitr. This is after a number of Afghan polticians and Taliban delegates came together for an extension to the intra-Afghan talks in Russia owing to the centenary celebrations of Afghan-Russia relations.

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