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Ashura 2019


Taliban Says Progress Made At Afghan Talks in Moscow

Taliban Says Progress Made At Afghan Talks in Moscow
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By Staff, Agencies

A Taliban official said on Thursday that decent progress had been made at talks with a group of senior Afghan politicians in Moscow but that there had been no breakthrough and that further talks would be needed, Russian news agencies reported.

The delegation, led by chief Taliban negotiator Mullah Baradar Akhund, met politicians, including senior regional leaders and candidates challenging President Ashraf Ghani in this year’s presidential election amid gathering diplomatic efforts to end the 18-year war.

This will be Mullah Baradar’s – who leads the 14-member Taliban delegation –first international trip since being freed from a Pakistani prison last October to head the group's negotiating team in Doha, Qatar.

The Taliban, which has been in peace negotiations with the US since last year, has repeatedly refused to meet President Ashraf Ghani's government, calling it a "puppet" of the West.