Russia Ready To Host 'Moscow-Format' Consultations On Afghan Peace Process - Lavrov
Muhammad Irfan 16 days ago Tue 06th April 2021 | 06:21 PM
Russia is willing to continue hosting the so-called Moscow-format inclusive meetings on the Afghan peace process, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 06th April, 2021) Russia is willing to continue hosting the so-called Moscow-format inclusive meetings on the Afghan peace process, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.
"We believe that the best possible format to involve external players is the so-called Moscow format. ... Let me remind you that these are not only Afghanistan's immediate neighbors but all of Central Asia's countries, as well as India, Pakistan, China, Iran, the United States and Russia. We are ready to host such consultations, meetings, if deemed necessary by all the countries that I have mentioned," Lavrov, who is currently visiting New Delhi, said at a joint press conference with his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
"There is now a growing number of factors that need to be defined in order to understand how to proceed with regards to the Afghan settlement in terms of external input," Lavrov noted.
The discussions on Afghan reconciliation have been hosted by several platforms, including in Doha, where peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban movement began in September 2020. The next round of peace negotiations is set to take place in Turkey sometime this month.