US Embassy Set to Participate as ‘Observer’ in Moscow Talks

Rober Palladino, deputy spokesperson for the US State Department said in a press briefing on Thursday that “In coordination with the Afghan Government, the United States embassy in Moscow will send a representative to the working level to observe the discussions, and the United States stands ready to work with all interested parties to support and facilitate peace process”.

He said that the US feels that all countries should support direct dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban to reach an end to the war. “We’ve been clear that no government, including Russia, can be a substitute for the Afghan Government in direct negotiations with the Taliban,” he said.

Russia has invited 12 countries, including the US, to the talks which will be attended by delegations from Afghanistan High Peace Council and the Taliban. India’s response is still unclear and yet to be confirmed.

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