Moscow Talks were aimed at detailed consultations on Afghan issues in a six-party format involving Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Iran and India at the level of special envoys on Afghanistan and senior officials. It was a renewed attempt at finding a peaceful end to the lingering unrest in conflict-ridden Afghanistan.
Moscow Talks | Response from Afghanistan
The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has said that the consultative meeting in Moscow is a positive step in promoting regional cooperation and solidarity in the war against terrorism, however, the meeting is not an alternative for peace talks between government and Taliban.
Moscow Talks | Re-entry of Russia in Afghan scene
Moscow Talks | India’s concerns
Moscow Talks | Analysis
Moscow Talks | India’s stance on Afghanistan peace issue
Moscow Talks | Conclusion
Much to the relief of Afghanistan and India, all six countries agreed that the ‘red lines’ for engagement with the Taliban – which include giving up violence, abiding by Afghan constitution and cutting ties with al Qaida – have to be met. All the participants agreed to strengthen efforts to promote the intra-Afghan reconciliation, while maintaining the leading role of the current government of Afghanistan. Participants have also agreed in favour of broadening this format, primarily by adding the countries of Central Asia to it. A sustainable peace solution requires a political solution, free from the use of violence and conflict. Afghanistan has the legitimate right to choose the manner in which it wishes to draw out the action plan for a peaceful transition of its society from the current violent streams.
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