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Moscow to host Afghanistan peace meeting on Nov 9

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Russian Foreign Ministry has reported that Moscow peace meeting on Afghanistan would be held on Nov 9 in Moscow.
“On November 9, Moscow will host the second meeting of the Moscow-format consultations on Afghanistan at the level of deputy foreign ministers and special envoys,” the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
“A delegation of the Doha-based political office of the Taliban movement will take part in an international meeting this level for the first time,” the statement added.
According to the Russian foreign ministry, invitations to take part in the event have been sent to Afghanistan, India, Iran, China, Pakistan, the US and some other countries.
Although the statement said that Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had decided to send a delegation of the country’s High Peace Council (HPC) to meeting, Afghanistan government has not officially announced the participating delegation to the meeting.
It will be the first time Taliban participates in a regional meeting. The group had been invited in previous peace meeting in Russia, but the group declined to participate. Moscow peace meeting on Afghanistan has been planned amid increasing of violence in Afghanistan.
The Moscow-format consultations on Afghanistan were scheduled to be held in Moscow on September 4. Invitations to take in the meeting had been sent to 12 countries, including the US, which refused to attend the meeting which was postponed after a telephone conversation on August 27 between President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Afghanistan foreign ministry, however, did not confirm whether an Afghan delegation will attend the meeting or not.
“We’re still negotiating and talking with the Russian officials regarding the meeting. We have not reached an agreement yet,” Sebghatullah Ahmadi, a spokesperson to Afghanistan foreign affairs ministry said, adding that the meeting will not be effective if it goes without participation of Afghanistan.
Efforts have been accelerated regarding Afghanistan peace in recent months as US Secretary of State’s Special Envoy for Reconciliation of Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has paid visits to Afghanistan, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and discussed Afghan peace process with leaders of the respective countries.
If regional countries honestly and closely work with Afghanistan government in maintaining peace and stability in the country, Afghans will soon witness a peaceful environment in their country. Yet, some regional countries in particular Pakistan is unfortunately supporting extremist groups and providing them with financial aid to fight against Afghan government and coalition forces.
Now all warring sides in Afghanistan have reached to a conclusion that Afghanistan issue has only a political solution rather than militarily as the newly-appointed US and NATO general commander to Afghanistan Gen. Austin Scott Miller in an interview with NBC last week assessed that the Afghan war cannot be won militarily and peace will only be achieved through direct engagement with the Taliban.
Taliban group has also reached to similar conclusion that they cannot win the war militarily. So, in such circumstances, continued talks and negotiations can be effective to end the ongoing war in Afghanistan because Afghans are tired of war and want to live in a peaceful environment.
Noor Ahmad Saleem

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