KABUL: Moscow will likely replace Doha for hosting the next rounds of the ongoing intra-Afghan negotiations, a Russian diplomat said on Wednesday.
“Despite reports on restarting of meetings about peace by the negotiating teams after a 45-day lull, we need to acknowledge that there is still an impasse in the Doha site,” said Zamir Kabulov, President Putin’s special envoy for Afghanistan.
“We call on the two sides to show flexibility and give mutual privileges with the aim of promoting national peaceful negotiations. The place for shifting negotiations should be chosen by the negotiation delegations. Moscow can be one of place for the intra-Afghan talks,” Kabulov said.
Earlier, Afghan foreign minister Hanif Atmar had also said about the possibility of changing the talks place from Doha to Moscow.
Russia declared Taliban as a terrorist group in 2003. But the militant group’s representatives have frequently visited Moscow in the recent years.
Peace in Obnoxious with Ghani’s Presence in Power: Massoud
Speaking to a news conference on Wednesday, Massoud backed the proposals of a participatory government in which the Taliban group could also offer their “ideology” in a peaceful environment.
“There will be no change in the system – just the position of a few individuals will be changed,” he said. “But a ceasefire should be agreed on.”
He cited the remarks amid US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad’s travel to Afghanistan and a number of regional countries to facilitate the Afghan peace process.
Khalilzad arrived in Kabul this week. He held talks with President Ashraf Ghani, Former President Hamid Karzai and some other Afghan politicians.
President Ashraf Ghani in a gathering earlier said that he would never agree on formation of an interim government. According to some Afghan politicians, Ghani’s administration is the main obstacle before the peace path in Afghanistan.
Khalilzad reportedly discussed the formation of a participatory government in Afghanistan during his recent meetings with the Afghan political leaders in Kabul, including President Ashraf Ghani.