Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Taliban Attends Peace Talks In Russia For First Time, No Progress Reported

Taliban Attends Peace Talks In Russia For First Time, No Progress Reported

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said on the eve of the meeting that delegates from 12 countries, including the US, will participate in the second "Moscow format consultations". Kumar also slammed the opposition parties for their remarks in this regard and questioned, "Don't know how are people concluding that India will hold talks with the Taliban".

Analysts have said that the roles of Pakistan and the United States hold the key to peace in Afghanistan.

"If any process is consistent with our policy on Afghanistan then we will be part of it and our policy on Afghanistan is that we will be supporting any efforts which will help in usher peace in the region", he said.

The Afghan government and the Taliban both denied that the conference marked direct negotiations for peace.

The Ghani government said this week it is allowing the delegation of the High Peace Council (HPC) that is designated to further the reconciliation process with the Taliban on the understanding the Moscow format will lead to direct talks with the Taliban.

India has not participated in the multilateral meeting which involves the Taliban in the past, reported the daily. This will be the first appearance by the Taliban at such an global conference, Zakharova emphasized. But Russia's foreign ministry focused attention on the spectacle of delegates from both sides of the line in Afghanistan sitting together at Moscow's President hotel, alongside representatives from Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

India's participation in the talks called by Russian Federation on Afghanistan is not to be construed as a dialogue with the Taliban, the spokesperson of the external affairs ministry (MEA), Raveesh Kumar said on Friday.

The talks, known as the "Moscow format" will include a "high-level" delegation from the Taliban as well as a delegation of Afghanistan's "High Peace Council", along with twelve countries, and will mark the first time an Indian delegation has been present at the table in talks with the Taliban representatives based in Doha.

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He also shared the demands of Taliban for reconciliation which included establishment of environment of trust, removal of US sanctions on Taliban, specifying a safe zone for peace talks, opening of a formal office for Taliban, global community's guarantee of peace talks, and release of prisoners.

It was reportedly the second time a US diplomat has met with the Taliban after the Trump administration told its foreign representatives to seek direct engagement with the militant group.

He said that while all peace loving quarters must welcome peace efforts in any part of the world, the fact of the matter is that New Delhi is indulging and interested in Afghan matters only to poke its nose as it doesn't want Pakistan to have good relations with Afghanistan.

The convention for Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) had Deputy Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Dr. Alema lead the Afghan delegation while Mr. Mohammad Aslam, Secretary SAFRON headed the Pakistan side.

In August, the Afghan government announced that Afghanistan and Russian Federation would co-chair proposed future talks in Moscow on Afghanistan's peace. Pakistan's foreign office has confirmed Islamabad's participation in the talks.

The last such meeting proposed for September 4 was called off at the last moment after the Afghan government pulled out.

"Russia supports the preservation of a united and indivisible Afghanistan in which all ethnic groups populating the country could live peacefully and happily", Lavrov said at the meeting, according to Russia's state-run news agency TASS. Instead, the Afghan government sent members of the High Peace Council, a body set up to try to get peace negotiations started.

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