On September 21, Russia’s Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov told the Russian Izvestia newspaper that Afghan officials declared their readiness to meet with representatives of the Taliban in Moscow. According to Kabulov, the meeting composition is now being put together.
“Kabul is determined to participate in the Moscow-hosted meeting. Now we are in the process of developing modalities for this participation. Currently, the main thing is not the date, but the content, so this is the part that we are working on,” the Russian news agency TASS quoted Kabulov as saying.
A meeting between Afghan officials and the Taliban was supposed to take place in Moscow on September 4 as a part of a conference on the Afghan crisis. However, Kabul refused to attend the meeting only days before its date due to pressure from the U.S. government, according to Afghan sources.
The exact date of the new meeting on Afghanistan is yet to become clear, but Kabulov’s positive statement indicates that we may see it happening soon.