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Taliban confirms delegation to attend Moscow peace talks

AFP  |  Kabul 

The will send representatives to multilateral talks in on war-torn this month, the militant group said Tuesday, as the international community ratchets up efforts to end the 17-year conflict.

announced Saturday it would host the meeting on November 9 to discuss ways to kickstart peace talks between and the

In a statement posted on social media, the said it would dispatch "high-ranking" representatives from its political office in

"This conference is not about negotiating with any particular side, rather it is a conference about holding comprehensive discussions on finding a to the Afghan quandary and ending the American occupation," Taliban said.

The Taliban last month appointed five former detainees, who had been swapped for US soldier Bowe Bergdahl in 2014, to its political office.

They have the authorisation to "talk about peace", a senior Taliban told AFP.

The confirmation comes a day after Afghanistan's High Peace Council, a government body responsible for reconciliation efforts with the militants, said it would send a delegation.

has also invited representatives from the US as well as India, Iran, China, and five former Soviet republics in Central

Pakistan, which has long been accused of providing support to the Afghan Taliban, would "definitely" attend, foreign ministry told AFP.

The did not respond to an AFP request for comment.

The meeting was initially scheduled to take place in September, but was postponed after insisted that the process should be Afghan-led.

The meeting comes at a sensitive time.

Newly-appointed US has been trying to convince the Taliban to agree to negotiate an end to the war and there are fears the Russian meeting could derail those efforts.

A watchdog last week said Kabul's control of had slipped in recent months as local security forces suffered record casualties while making minimal or no progress against the Taliban.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 20:55 IST