US, others confirm participation

KABUL (Pajhwok): All the invited participants in the consultations of the expanded “trio” on a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan scheduled to be held in Moscow on March 18 have confirmed their participation, Russian News Agency TASS reported on Friday.

Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan and Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department Zamir Kabulov confirmed the development to TASS. “Yes, that’s all for now,” he said. When asked whether US representatives will take part in the consultations, he said that US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad had likewise confirmed his participation.

On March 11, the US Department of State declined to specify whether US officials would take part in the consultations on Afghanistan in Moscow. On March 9, Kabulov told TASS that Russia had invited the United States, China, Pakistan, representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban group (outlawed in Russia), as well as Afghan political figures, to Moscow for consultations on a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan.