Issue Brief on “Moscow and the Afghan Peace Process”

Moscow once again brought the Afghan Taliban and leading Afghan political figures on the same table to negotiate about the future of Afghanistan in what is now known as the intra-Afghan dialogue. This was yet another attempt by Russia to portray itself as a peacemaker in Afghanistan, and attain a clear diplomatic success.

On May 28, 2019, a ceremony was held in Moscow to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Russian-Afghanistan relations, in which the Afghan Taliban and prominent Afghan politicians took part. This was followed by the second intra-Afghan talks between a 14-member Taliban delegation and various Afghan politicians including former President Hamid Karzai, former national security adviser Hanif Atmar, Atta Mohammad Noor, Fawzia Koofi and Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, former Afghan ambassador to Pakistan. [1]

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