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Russia Postpones Afghan Peace Meeting at Kabul's Request

  • Afghan president discussed plans talks in call with Lavrov
  • Taliban was to attend but Kabul government was opposed
Ashraf Ghani
Ashraf Ghani

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Russia agreed to postpone a Moscow peace conference on Afghanistan amid opposition from the Kabul government, even as the Taliban had agreed to attend.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed to delay the meeting initially fixed for Sept. 4 to an unknown future date, according to an emailed statement from Ghani’s press office and a Russian Foreign Ministry website statement.