Which Afghan politicians invited to Moscow meeting with Taliban?

Those are former president Hamid Karzai, Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, executive chief of Jamiat-i-Islami party Ata Mohammad Noor, Hizb-e-Wahdat leader Mohammad Mohaqiq, former deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai, senior Jamiat member Ismail Khan, former defense minister Shah Nawaz Tanai and former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Salam Zaeef.
Date of Publication : Sunday 3 February 2019 11:06
Which Afghan politicians invited to Moscow meeting with Taliban?
Moscow is expected to host the Taliban and Afghan politicians for a two-day meeting to talk peace.
At least eight Afghan politicians have been reported to have been invited to the meeting, which will be held without presence of the Afghan government on coming Tuesday and Wednesday.
Those are former president Hamid Karzai, Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, executive chief of Jamiat-i-Islami party Ata Mohammad Noor, Hizb-e-Wahdat leader Mohammad Mohaqiq, former deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai, senior Jamiat member Ismail Khan, former defense minister Shah Nawaz Tanai and former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Salam Zaeef.
Efforts for Afghan peace have accelerated in recent months with the Taliban meeting US peace envoy for at least four times.
Their last meeting was in January in Qatar with the sides agreeing in principle to a framework of a peace deal that would require Taliban to cut ties with terrorists and US to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
The Taliban have so far refused to meet with the Afghan government and President Ashraf Ghani has expressed concern that if US the US rushes to make a deal with the Taliban before the insurgent group agrees to negotiate with the government, it could undermine the state.
On Saturday, Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Sebghat Ahmadi downplayed the upcoming meeting in Moscow, saying it will not help peace process.
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Reporter : Hafizullah Rajabi
 


 
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