Afghanistan rivals failed to reach a breakthrough on holding direct peace negotiations after international talks in Moscow on Friday, the latest international push to end the conflict.
India, among other regional nations, is part of the Russia-hosted peace talks in Moscow to end the war in Afghanistan.
The initiative is expected to facilitate direct talks between the insurgents and the government in Kabul. - Will do Everything For Peace in Afghanistan: Russia
Meeting furthers Kremlin’s drive to be seen as international broker of peace
Russia hopes the meeting in Moscow, attended by the militants for the first time, will promote peace.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday voiced hope that a conference on Afghanistan taking place in Moscow could help pave the way for peace talks.
India on Friday made it clear that its participation at a multi-lateral conference on Afghanistan in Moscow in a 'non-official' capacity was in sync with its Afghanistan policy, asserting that it was not talking to the Taliban.
KABUL: Russia hosted a regional conference on Friday to explore solutions for a peaceful settlement of the US-led conflict in Afghanistan, one which experts say proliferated extremism in the country and turned it into an indirect battleground for various powers. The one-day meeting, the first-of-its-kind to be held in Russia, is not expected to produce any quick results for
Taliban officials attended a diplomatic conference in Russia for the first time on Friday, but reaffirmed their stance that they would only hold direct talks on Afghanistan's future with the United States, not with the Kabul government.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a press conference that India is just part of the Russia-led meeting on Afghanistan as it supports the reconciliation process.
Officials in Afghanistan say Taliban attacks have killed at least 10 soldiers and seven police officers, as U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad opens a tour of the region to push for peace negotiatio...