US likely to attend Moscow meeting on Afghanistan – Journal

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States appears willing to participate in the enlarged troika talks in Moscow this week, but is still reluctant to confirm attendance, diplomatic sources in Washington said on Sunday.

Russia’s presidential envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said last week that the group – which includes Russia, the United States, China and Pakistan – will meet soon to discuss the latest developments in Afghanistan .

Although he did not specify a date, Russian officials told reporters the meeting could take place on October 20.

Kabulov, however, said that the participants “will try to work out a common position on the development of the situation in Afghanistan”.

During a press briefing in Washington, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the Biden administration was prepared to attend the meeting.

“We have an alignment of interests with countries like Russia when it comes to Afghanistan,” he said. “And we have already found the extended Troika format useful.”

The US official said Washington had “taken note of the next session in Moscow,” but could not yet confirm US participation.

The United States, he said, was determined to ensure that groups like Al-Qaeda and the militant Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) group could never again use Afghan soil as a launching pad. for attacks against other countries.

“This is one of the common interests that unites us not only with our allies and close partners, but also with countries like Russia,” he said, adding that the United States remains “very focused. “on the threat of IS-K and other terrorists. groups in Afghanistan.

China welcomed the proposed meeting, hoping it would help restore peace and stability in Afghanistan and lead to lasting “peace and reconstruction”.

The last meeting of the Enlarged Troika was held in Qatar on August 11, while the previous two meetings were held on March 18 and April 30.

During the latest State Department briefing, Price said Pakistan was one of the countries the United States worked closely with to facilitate the exit of Americans and others from Afghanistan.

Posted in Dawn, le 18 October 2021


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