Launch of direct Kabul-Taliban talks to be discussed at Moscow meeting: High Peace Council
Moscow [Russia], Nov 09 : The Afghan High Peace Council plans to raise the issue of launching direct talks between the authorities in Kabul and the Taliban movement at the second round of the Moscow format consultations on Afghanistan slated for Friday, council's spokesman Ihsan Taheri told Sputnik.
"We did not come here to negotiate peace. This will be a discussion between the participating delegations on how to start a dialogue and peace negotiations between the authorities of Afghanistan and the Taliban," Taheri said.
Taheri also expressed hope that a desired result would be achieved soon and it would be possible to organize a direct meeting between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban movement.
Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Sibghatullah Ahmadi, earlier told Sputnik that the High Peace Council representatives sent to the talks would not represent Afghanistan's government. This was confirmed by Taheri either.
The first round of consultations took place in mid-April last year, and was attended by deputy foreign ministers and special representatives of 11 countries interested in reaching a peace settlement in Afghanistan. The United States declined the invitation to attend, citing a lack of an Afghanistan strategy at the time.