Russia Offers to Host Talks Between Govt and Taliban

Jan 20, 2018, 03:42
Russia Offers to Host Talks Between Govt and Taliban

A delegation of the United Nations Security Council on Monday concluded a three-day visit to Kabul, the first such mission in eight years, to meet the Afghan President and the Chief Executive, and assess the country's efforts to start a viable peace process, according to a report released by the UN.

Wells said: "It is inaccurate to say that the Taliban have occupied 43 per cent of Afghanistan's territory; they have occupied only 12 per cent territory of Afghanistan".

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Moscow is ready to provide a platform for direct talks between Afghanistan's government and the Taliban movement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

"They did ask us for consensus to put further pressure on Pakistan to come to the table and change their behaviour", Haley said.

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He said Russian Federation will provide every possible support to Pakistan to make it a developed country. Wells said the USA wanted that the continuing presence of the Haqqani network and other terrorist groups within Pakistan's territory must be adequately addressed.

Haley did not specify what measures could be taken to pressure Pakistan, but the council does have the power to impose sanctions. The United States recently froze payments of military aid to Pakistan, citing its alleged failure to act against militants.

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According to a VOA report quoting local media, a three-member Taliban delegation headed by Shahabuddin Dilawar, who is also a senior member of the Doha office, is now in Islamabad. "We have to stand up to those who accuse us of harboring terrorists", the minister said. But Reuters reported that the Taliban's supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, who it said is widely believed to be hiding in Pakistan, ordered the exploratory talks in both Turkey and Islamabad.

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