India, Taliban to come face-to-face in Moscow format meeting today in Russia

Deepak Mittal, India, Taliban
Indian Representative Deepak Mittal
Deepak Mittal, India, Taliban
Indian Representative Deepak Mittal

Indian delegations and Taliban officials will meet for the first time during a Moscow-style conference in Russia on Wednesday. JP Singh, Deputy Secretary-General of the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will lead an Indian delegation in Moscow style.

Russia said delegations from 10 countries and a high-ranking Taliban delegation will attend the meeting in Moscow format on Wednesday.

Terrorism, humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, and approval of the Taliban-led regime are important topics that India is likely to add to the agenda of the negotiations.
India has also expressed its willingness to provide humanitarian aid to Afghans facing food and economic crises with the harsh winter. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the issue of recognizing the team as a legitimate government in Afghanistan is not on the current agenda.
“We carry out what we promised when they came to power, including ensuring that governments were inclusive not only ethnically but also politically, and all political beliefs in society Encourage them to be reflected. The government, “said the Russian Foreign Minister.
The dialogue between the Taliban and the 10 countries in the region will take place the day after the United States withdraws from the Moscow-sponsored “Expanded Troika” meeting on Tuesday. Only special representatives from Russia, China and Pakistan, the other members of the extended Troika, attended the meeting.

The US State Department said on Monday that US special representatives would not participate in large-scale troika talks for logistical reasons. Large troikas include Russia, the United States, China and Pakistan. The Moscow format was introduced in 2017 based on a six-party consultation mechanism between special representatives of Russia, Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iran and India.



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