The office of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Monday August 27th that Russia has agreed to postpone multilateral peace talks with the Taliban, a week after the insurgents accepted an invitation to go to Moscow for a September 4th summit.
As reported by Reuters, Russia invited 12 countries and the Taliban to Moscow for peace talks next month. Despite the Taliban accepting the invitation, Kabul turned it down on the grounds that peace talks with the insurgent group must be led by Afghanistan.
According to a senior Kabul official, Ghani spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “to iron out the differences and ensure talks with the Taliban happen in the presence of the Afghan government.”
The official said that Lavrov assured Ghani that the summit dates “will be changed to ensure Afghanistan’s participation.”
In a tweet Ghani said, “A decision has been made to postpone the Moscow meeting for more preparation and to make it effective so that Afghan and Russian governments together will manage and host the meeting.”