Senior Afghan Taliban leader says insurgents want peace

Senior Afghan Taliban leader says insurgents want peaceSenior Afghan Taliban leader says insurgents want peace
This AFPTV screen grab from a video made on May 28, 2019 in Moscow shows Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar during a conference marking a century of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Russia, followed by discussions with Afghan politicians about the future of the country. - Senior Taliban officials including the group's top political advisor met with Afghan political figures in Moscow today, saying they were committed to peace in Afghanistan -- even as US-led talks appear to have stalled. (Photo by Nikolay KORZHOV / AFPTV / AFP)

Senior Afghan Taliban authorities including the gathering’s top political counsel met with Afghan political figures in Moscow on Tuesday, saying they were focused on harmony in Afghanistan — even as US-drove talks seem to have slowed down.

In a message the Taliban have not changed since chats with the US began last harvest time, Taliban fellow benefactor and political pioneer Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said the agitators need a conclusion to 18 years of contention — yet would just sign an arrangement after remote powers quit Afghanistan.

The Taliban are “truly dedicated to harmony, yet figure the impediment for harmony ought to be evacuated first”, Baradar said in an uncommon broadcast appearance toward the beginning of the two-day meeting stamping 100 years of strategic ties among Russia and Afghanistan.

“The impediment is the control of Afghanistan, and that should end,” Baradar included.

Baradar — who helped Mullah Omar found the Taliban — was named its political boss in January following his discharge from a Pakistan jail.

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Tuesday’s Moscow meeting by and by cut out senior individuals from President Ashraf Ghani’s administration, which the Taliban consider a US-supported manikin routine, however the leader of the Kabul organization’s high harmony gathering had been slated to visit.

Other Afghan government officials — including previous president Hamid Karzai and hopefuls testing Ghani in a presidential race slated for September — were likewise present.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (L) and Stanakzai Sher Mohammad Abbas, Taliban boss arbitrators, envisioned amid the meeting denoting a time of political relations among Afghanistan and Russia. — AFP

The discussions mark the second time Taliban pioneers have met with Afghan figures in Russia, following a February summit that saw the previous adversaries imploring together and visiting over suppers.

Previous warlord Atta Muhammad Noor said the past Moscow meeting had yielded “very positive outcomes”. “We are for having great relations with our siblings, with the Taliban,” Noor said.

“How about we venture back a bit, grasp one another and make conditions for the beginning of harmony”.

Moscow gives off an impression of being picking up impact in the continuous procedure, with the US reporting a month ago that Washington had achieved an agreement with China and Russia on the key recipe for a harmony bargain it is consulting in Afghanistan.

In any case, an ongoing 6th round of talks between US harmony emissary Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban finished in Doha this month with no unmistakable advancement refered to by the arranging groups.

While the Taliban demand remote powers must leave Afghanistan before it can consent to harmony, the US has wouldn’t consent to a withdrawal until the Taliban set up security ensures, a truce, and different duties including an “intra-Afghan” exchange with the Kabul government and other Afghan agents.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who opened Tuesday’s gathering, said Russia and Afghanistan have “a common point — battling psychological warfare” and emphasized that Moscow bolsters a total withdrawal of outside powers.

The Soviet Union and Afghanistan battled a war during the 1980s that brought about a Moscow’s withdrawal following nine years of ruthless clash.


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