According to the State Department, the United States will not participate in Russia’s international talks on Afghanistan this week for logistical reasons, but said it is ready to participate in the future.
Moscow is hosting talks with officials in the Taliban, China and Pakistan on Wednesday, a special representative of Russian President Vladimirputin reportedly said last week.
“We will not attend the Moscow parley. Troika-plus is an effective and constructive forum. We look forward to attending this forum in the future, but we are not in a position to attend this week.” Said Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department.
“This has worked in the past. It’s only logically difficult to attend this week,” Price said.
When asked if the United States supports this process, Mr Price said, “We support it.”
Moscow hosted a conference on Afghanistan in March, and Russia, the United States, China and Pakistan issued a joint statement calling for a peace agreement with the then-fighting Afghanistan to curb violence.
Since then, the United States and its allies have withdrawn their troops on the ground 20 years later, the Taliban seized power, and the previous administration collapsed.
The United States and other Western nations are making difficult choices as a serious humanitarian crisis approaches Afghanistan.
They are trying to develop a way of engaging with the Taliban, without recognizing the legitimacy that the Taliban seeks, while ensuring that humanitarian aid flows into the country.
US will not attend Russia’s Afghanistan parley this week-State Department-SABC News
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