One day before the Moscow meeting, the Afghan delegation headed by Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, left for Russia.


The High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) said in a press release on Wednesday that the 12-member delegation of Afghanistan led by Abdullah Abdullah will attend the meeting on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the official invitation of Russia.
“It also debates the ways and means to promote the development of Afghanistan as an independent, peaceful, and self-sufficient state, free from terrorism and drug-related crimes. We acknowledge the pivotal role of Afghanistan’s neighbors and Russia in establishing lasting peace in the country,” HCNR said in a statement.

According to the statement, the Moscow conference will boost the Doha peace talks, and the upcoming Turkey conference on Afghanistan.
“While, welcoming regional and international initiatives to support the peace process, we strongly believe that Moscow conference will boost the Doha peace talks, and the upcoming Turkey conference on Afghanistan,” the statement added.

The Russian government has invited the Afghan government, the Taliban, countries in the region, including Pakistan and China, as well as the United States, to attend the one-day Moscow conference which will be held on Thursday.


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