Comment by the Information and Press Department on the upcoming round of Moscow format consultations on Afghanistan

Thursday, 23 August 2018 12:00

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has released a statement saying it will take part in the upcoming round of Moscow format consultations on Afghanistan on September 4 only if the Taliban agrees to direct talks with representatives of the Afghan government on the sidelines of this event.

As we have repeatedly emphasised, the main aim of the Moscow format, with all neighbouring countries of Afghanistan and other interested countries taking part, is creating favourable conditions for and facilitating a speedy launch of the process of national reconciliation to stop the fratricidal war and establish a peaceful and independent Afghan state free of terrorism and drug threat. These efforts are being taken in the vein of the corresponding UN Security Council resolutions and final documents of a number of international conferences, including the Tashkent declaration adopted in March this year.  

The purpose of inviting Taliban representatives to the Moscow meeting is to deliver a collective appeal to restore peace in Afghanistan directly to the armed Afghan opposition. Of course, the task of establishing a peace process in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is not an easy one and is unlikely to be achieved soon. We view the Moscow meeting as an important step toward a comprehensive Afghan settlement.

We expect representatives of Kabul to take part in the Moscow format meeting to be held on September 4.

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