Qatar to hitch Afghan peace talks in Moscow: Official

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Particular envoy of Qatar, Ambassador Mutlaq Alqahtani, to take part within the March 18 assembly in Moscow, official tells Al Jazeera.

Qatar will attend a Russia-sponsored summit this week to debate the way forward for war-ravaged Afghanistan, a senior official mentioned in a press release to Al Jazeera.

Qatar’s particular envoy, Ambassador Mutlaq Alqahtani, will take part within the March 18 assembly in Moscow, the official mentioned on Tuesday.

“The state of Qatar is dedicated to sustainable peace in Afghanistan. Qatar will proceed to facilitate the continuing intra-Afghan negotiations,” he mentioned, in response to the assertion.

“Qatar is working carefully with its strategic companions to determine worldwide and regional consensus over this course of.”

The official mentioned the assembly in Moscow on Thursday “will construct upon the historic United States-Taliban peace settlement signed in Doha” in February final 12 months and the “complete intra-Afghan negotiations presently going down in Doha”.

The Taliban and the federal government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have agreed to attend the convention in Russia, which is in search of to boost its profile within the Afghan peace efforts.

The US Division of State on Monday mentioned Washington’s particular envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, may also attend the assembly.

China and Pakistan have additionally been invited to the talks, which come forward of a Could deadline for US President Joe Biden to determine whether or not to finish the US’s two-decade army involvement in Afghanistan.

The assembly is one among a sequence of worldwide gatherings known as to attempt to break an deadlock in talks on a political settlement to many years of battle.

Taliban representatives and a delegation of Afghan leaders that features authorities officers have been holding talks in Qatar’s capital, Doha, since September final 12 months.

Following a proposal from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Turkey additionally plans to host an Afghan peace convention in Istanbul in April, Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu mentioned final week.

The Russian and Turkish initiatives will run alongside the Qatar-hosted talks.

“Qatar will proceed to help the Afghan individuals by internet hosting these negotiations, and we hope the efforts of a number of worldwide events will assist deliver an finish to the decades-long battle,” mentioned the assertion issued by Doha on Tuesday.