A delegation of Afghan Taliban has held consultations with Russian leadership in Moscow on Afghan peace process. According to Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen, the delegation held talks with Russian President’s Envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov.
A spokesman of Russian Foreign Ministry said the meeting in Russia underlined the necessity of renewing talks between the US and the Taliban. He said Taliban also confirmed their readiness to continuing dialogue with Washington.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump dropped a bombshell when he tweeted to cancel the secret summit at Camp David with Afghan Taliban and Afghan president. The reason for this abrupt cancellation was given that Afghan Taliban continues to attack Kabul and US and NATO troops. One US and Romanian soldier was killed in a recent attack on Kabul. The Taliban claim the responsibility of that attack.
His tweet came as a big surprise for many those who were optimistic about a possible deal and agreement between US and Afghan Taliban. The president Trump planned a secret summit separately with Afghan Taliban leaders and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.
The planned summit at presidential retreat Camp David in Maryland was never made public and was kept secret. The main aim of this summit was to bring both sides to the negotiations table. The cancellation of Camp David summit is a big blow to the yearlong peace negotiations between US and Afghan Taliban.
President Trump made series of tweets and said that “Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday.”
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27 September, 2019