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Taliban confirm delegation to attend Moscow peace talks

The Taliban will send representatives to multilateral talks in Russia on war-torn Afghanistan this month, the militant group said on Tuesday, as the international community ratchets up efforts to end the 17-year conflict. Moscow announced on Saturday it would host the meeting on November 9 to discuss ways to kickstart peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban. In a statement posted on social media, the Taliban said they would dispatch “high-ranking” representatives from its political office in Qatar. “This…

Afghan Taliban to ‘join’ Moscow peace talks

PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks being hosted by Rus­sia on Friday, senior Taliban officials said on Monday, after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations. But Taliban spokesman Zabih­ullah Mujahid said they had not formally agreed to take part. Russia invited 12 countries and the Taliban, but the United States and the US-backed Afghan government declined. Representatives from Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are expected to attend,…