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Experts pin hopes on 6-nation Moscow talks

Experts pin hopes on 6-nation Moscow talks

Feb 15, 2017 - 18:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Optimistic about the outcome of a six-nation conference in Russia on Afghanistaninfo-icon’s future that began on Wednesday in Moscow, political affairs experts in Kabul said the Afghan government should push for a consensus roadmap at the summit towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Ahmad Shikab Mustaghni, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), told Pajhwok Afghan News the Moscow summit on Afghanistan being held today would discuss joint efforts at bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.

He said the MoFA’s policy and strategy director would represent Afghanistan at the summit being attended by representatives from China, Russia, Pakistaninfo-icon, India and Iran.

Political experts said such summits were in favour of Afghanistan and the Afghan government should get maximum advantage of the meetings.

Asif Ashna, a political expert, said such summits were in the interest of Afghanistan and the government should use these platforms for winning peace in the country.

On Russia’s role, Ashna said it was the time for Kremlin to play an effective role in the settlement of the Afghan conflict.

He said: “Regional countries are once again looking for friends and alliances to curtail the US in the region.”

Shukor Salangi, another expert on international relations, said: “The Russians seem no longer want to stay silent and want play a leading role in the region to resolve the Afghan conflict and reduce the US influence.”

He said if the Afghan conflict got further complicated, the US would increase the number of its troops, something not in the interest of China, Russia and Iran.

He asked the Afghan government to develop understanding between the US and Russia regarding the Afghan peace or be ready for the return of proxy wars in Afghanistan.

Russia hosted a similar conference on Dec 27 but did not invite Afghanistan, Iran and India.


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