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Russia Accuses U.S. of Ignoring Offer to Broker Afghan Peace Talks

(Last Updated On: February 10, 2018)

The Russian Foreign Ministry accuses the United States of ignoring its offer to broker peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

The ministry announced readiness to join and help Washington to coordinate the Afghan peace process. 

The Afghan government also emphasizes that peace process with Taliban will be an Afghan led-peace process.

“We support every measures by any countries for the peace in Afghanistan, but the peace talks will be led by Afghans,” said Omid Maisam, deputy spokesman of the Executive Office.

The United States has also informed Russia that Afghans will led the peace talks with Taliban.

“Russia uses Taliban for its own interest and U.S. does not want Russia’s involvement in these talks,” said Dawood Asas, former adviser of Chief Executive.

Russia has offered to host direct talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban as it firmly supported an early start to direct talks “in the interest of ending a fratricidal civil war” and that it was “ready to provide an appropriate platform”.

The initiative reflects Moscow’s concerns that Afghanistan might become a new staging ground for Central Asian jihadis pushed out of Syria and Iraq after the defeat of Isis in the region. Moscow claims such a scenario could destabilise Russia’s Central Asian neighbors and threaten its own security.

Despite having fought the Taliban in the 1979-89 Afghanistan war in the Soviet era, Moscow now advocates engagement because the militant group it not considered to have ambitions beyond Afghanistan, in contrast to Isis.

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