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Russia says Afghanistan talks postponed

AFP  |  Moscow 

today said that international peace talks on have been postponed following a phone conversation between and Afghan leader

had been preparing to host peace talks on September 4 and had invited representatives to participate.

The Russian foreign ministry said that Ghani had "in principle" supported the idea of such a meeting but said needed more time to develop a "consolidated" position including ongoing changes in the government.

"An agreement was reached to jointly work on a new date of the meeting through diplomatic channels," the ministry said in a statement.

The faces fierce criticism over an increasingly deadly insurgency.

Yesterday Ghani rejected the resignations of the and the interior and defence ministers, demanding they help bolster the country's defences.

Earlier this month Ghani offered a conditional three-month ceasefire to the Taliban, a move welcomed by the and NATO after nearly 17 years of war.

Zamir Kabulov, of the Russian on Afghanistan, had earlier said the talks would be "in the framework of launching a process of national reconciliation in Afghanistan".

In April 2017, hosted an international conference on with representatives from Afghanistan, India, Iran, China, Pakistan, and five former Soviet republics in Central

The US was invited to that meeting but did not participate.

and its allies called on the to lay down weapons and negotiate with the directly. also declared its readiness to serve as a platform for dialogue.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, August 27 2018. 22:50 IST
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