Russia is planning to host a high-level conference on Afghanistan, according to several Afghan officials who were invited.

The meeting is expected to take place on March 18 in Moscow.

High-ranking officials from the Afghan government, the country’s reconciliation council, several political leaders as well as Taliban leaders all confirmed on Tuesday they have received official invitations.

Several Afghan parties, including the Taliban and the government, said they are discussing their possible attendance internally.

Local media reported that the objective of the meeting is to accelerate the Afghan peace process and end ongoing violence in the country.

In 2018 and 2019, Russia hosted peace talks between prominent Afghan opposition politicians and the Taliban.

The meetings did not achieve tangible success.

The new development comes despite peace talks between the representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban in Qatar that have been ongoing since September.

The news about the conference in Moscow comes only days after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote a letter to Afghan government leaders suggesting ways to accelerate the peace process, including by convening a conference in Ankara, Turkey.

Russia to host Afghan peace summit
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