Kabul Rejects Moscow-Hosted Afghan Peace Talks; Taliban to Attend – VOA News

FILE – Men sit on the Nadir Khan hilltop overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan, March 27, 2017. The U.S.-backed Afghan government does not plan to attend a Russia-hosted meeting in September on the future of Afghanistan.

The U.S.-backed Afghan government announced Wednesday it does not plan to attend next month’s multi-nation conference in Russia on the future of Afghanistan, while the Taliban insurgency confirmed to VOA it has accepted the invitation and will send a delegation to event.

Moscow has invited, besides Kabul and the Taliban, 11 key regional countries — including China, Pakistan and Iran — to take part in the September 4 meeting in the Russian capital.

Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Sibghatullah Ahmadi confirmed to VOA on Wednesday the government has decided …. Read More on VOA News