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Russia to host talks with Afghan leaders, Taliban

Russia's foreign ministry said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has agreed to send a group of senior politicians to peace talks in Moscow at which a delegation representing the Taliban will be present.
Nov 5, 2018
MOSCOW: Russia's foreign ministry said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has agreed to send a group of senior politicians to peace talks in Moscow at which a delegation representing the Taliban will be present.
 
In a statement, Russia's foreign ministry said the talks were confirmed to be held on November 9, after proposed multilateral talks scheduled for August were rejected by the Ghani government.
 
"It will be the first time that a delegation from the Taliban's political office in Doha will attend such a high-level international meeting," the foreign ministry said in the November 3 statement.
 
The ministry added that it had invited several other countries to send representatives, including India, Iran, Pakistan, China and the United States.
 
Back-channel diplomacy between the Taliban and several countries - including the US - has taken place over the years to end the latest phase of Afghanistan's decades of war, which began with a US invasion in December 2001.

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