No peace yet be­tween Afghan ri­vals

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MOSCOW: Afghanistan ri­vals failed to reach a break­through on hold­ing di­rect peace ne­go­ti­a­tions af­ter in­ter­na­tional talks in Moscow on Fri­day, the lat­est

Rus­sia, which said it in­vited rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the United States as well as In­dia, Iran, China and Pak­istan, hailed the meet­ing as an op­por­tu­nity to “open a new page” in Afghanistan’s his­tory and seek an end to the war 17 years af­ter the

The talks came with the Tal­iban ratch­et­ing up pres­sure on Afghan po­lice and troops this year even as the mil­i­tants showed a ten­ta­tive will­ing­ness to hold

The Moscow meet­ings ended with­out the sides agree­ing on a path to di­rect di­a­logue, the del­e­ga­tions from the Tal­iban

“This con­fer­ence was not about di­rect talks,” Tal­iban spokesman Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas Stanikzai told jour­nal­ists in trans­lated com­ments quoted by In­ter­fax

The Tal­iban “does not rec­og­nize the cur­rent gov­ern­ment as le­gal and there­fore we won’t hold talks with them,”

“Con­sid­er­ing our main de­mand is the with­drawal of for­eign forces, we will dis­cuss a peace­ful res­o­lu­tion with

A Tal­iban del­e­ga­tion met with US peace en­voy Zal­may Khalilzad in Qatar in Oc­to­ber to dis­cuss end­ing the

Rus­sia says the Moscow talks marked had taken part in such high-level in­ter-

Afghan del­e­ga­tion mem­ber Ha­jji Din Mo­ham­mad told jour­nal­ists that Rus­sia in­vited them to a new meet­ing but that “agree­ment was not reached on hold­ing di­rect talks” with the Tal­iban, RIA

Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov had said as the talks opened that Rus­sia hoped “through joint ef­forts to open a

He said the par­tic­i­pa­tion of both Afghan lead­ers and the Tal­iban was an “im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion” aimed at cre­at­ing “fa­vor­able con­di­tions for the

“I am count­ing on you hold­ing a se­ri­ous and con­struc­tive con­ver­sa­tion that will jus­tify the hopes of the Afghan peo­ple,” he said be­fore the rest of the meet­ing was held be­hind closed doors

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg had said Tues­day that Afghanistan’s chances for peace were “greater now” than in many years, even as the Tal­iban step up at­tacks on Afghan forces, which are suf­fer­ing

AFP PHOTO

(From left) US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo, State Coun­cilor and De­fense Min­is­ter Gen­eral Wei Fenghe, Sec­re­tary of De­fense James Mat­tis and Di­rec­tor of the Of­fice of For­eign Af­fairs of the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Yang Jiechi shake hands at the con­clu­sion of a joint news con­fer­ence dur­ing the US- China Diplo­matic and Se­cu­rity Di­a­logue meet­ings at the De­part­ment of State’s Harry S. Tru­man head­quar­ters build­ing on Fri­day (Satur­day in Manila) in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. The two coun­tries’ lead­ers said they con­tinue to work to­gether to help de­nu­cle­arize North Korea and to­ward other shared goals in the East Asia re­gion.

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