Break­ing Kabul-Tal­iban ice

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD - Moscow

– Moscow hosted in­ter­na­tional talks on Afghanistan yes­ter­day aimed at kick-start­ing di­rect ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Kabul and the Tal­iban.

Rus­sia hoped “through joint ef­forts to open a new page in the his­tory of Afghanistan”, Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov said.

Tal­iban spokesper­son Zabi­ul­lah Mu­jahid said their rep­re­sen­ta­tives would not ne­go­ti­ate with the Kabul ad­min­is­tra­tion. “This con­fer­ence is not about hold­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions ... it is about find­ing a peace­ful so­lu­tion,” he added. – AFP

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