Indian and Taliban Representatives to Meet in Moscow Next Week

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India has accepted the invitation of Russia for talks on Afghanistan on October 20 where the Taliban is also going to participate.  — File photo

Russia is convening international talks on Afghanistan on October 20

Team Clarion 

NEW DELHI — India has accepted the invitation of Russia for talks on Afghanistan on October 20 where the Taliban is also going to participate.

“We have received an invitation for the Moscow format meeting on Afghanistan on October 20. We will be participating in it.” spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, said on Thursday, according to Indian Express.

This will bring India to the  table  with Taliban, the group which seized power in war torn Afghanistan in August with India closing its embassies and evacuating its staff in a hasty retreat.

The report said India is likely to send  a Joint Secretary-level officer to the meeting but the decision in this regard is yet to be made.

Zamir Kabulov, the special envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Afghanistan, last week announced that they had invited representatives of the Taliban to international talks on Afghanistan on October 20.

The talks follow the G-20 meeting held on October 12 to discuss the ways to avert humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan following the shift of power in Kabul.

Ambassador of India to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the head of Taliban’s political office in Doha in late August where India raised the concern that Afghanistan’s soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities.

 

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