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Afghanistan Peace Council, Taliban To Send Delegations To Moscow Talks

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, in a surprise visit to Kabul, has called on the Taliban to participate in negotiations to end the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan, saying continued fighting in the war-torn country was "pointless and counterproductive.""To be part of Afghanistan’s future, they must sit down at the negotiating table," Stoltenberg told a news conference on November 6, urging the Taliban and other insurgent groups to "stop killing their follow Afghans."The NATO chief's visit comes as Afghan officials and the Taliban separately said they would be sending a delegation to attend international peace talks in Russia this month.It was not clear, however, if Stoltenberg was endorsing those talks, saying any peace process should be "Afghan-owned and led."Some U.S. officials have expressed concerns that the Russia conference could derail efforts by U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to persuade the Taliban to agree to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan.

 

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