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Moscow Talks a Turning Point Atmar

Moscow Talks a Turning Point: Atmar

KABUL – Presidential candidate Haneef Atmar said Sunday that Moscow conference will be a turning point for an inclusive ‘intra-Afghan dialogue’, announcing that he will attend the talks in Russia along with other leaders of the country.
The talks will be held on 5th and 6th February, but the Afghan government has not been invited to attend the negotiations in order to pave the ground for Taliban participation at the event as a senior Moscow official put it last week.
A delegation from Taliban led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, former head of Taliban’s Qatar office, will also attend the Moscow talks, according to sources close to Taliban.
In a tweet, Atmar wrote: “Will defend an Islamic Republic System, the values of the Constitution, achievements and legacies Afghans share.”
He further added, “We will also insist on making intra-Afghan talks inclusive, but we call on government to not look at the peace process from a narrow window and respect the role of the political parties and the nation in efforts for peace and in safeguarding the system and national institutions.”
Foreign Ministry has, however, said that talks will help the peace process and that the Russian government should respect an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
(Sahar News)

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