Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Taliban invited to Moscow for talks over future of Afghanista­n


Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid (C) speaks to the media at the airport in Kabul (AFP)

RT.COM, 7 OCT, 2021- Russia has invited representa­tives of the Taliban to meet in Moscow as part of efforts to open diplomatic channels with Afghanista­n’s de facto new government, President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for the country has confirmed.

Speaking to journalist­s on Thursday, Zamir Kabulov, who also serves as the director of the second Asian Department at the Russian Foreign ministry, said that an invite had been extended to Taliban officials.

However, the precise details of a meeting and who might attend it have not yet been disclosed.

Despite the Taliban being designated as a terrorist organizati­on and banned in Russia, representa­tives of its political branch were granted permission to attend talks in Moscow earlier this year in an effort to forge a peace deal. Since then, the Islamist militant group has taken control of almost all of Afghanista­n following the withdrawal of US troops and their allies.

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