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Taliban to attend multilateral talks in Moscow

The Taliban have accepted an invitation from Russia to attend regional talks in Moscow, on Afghanistan’s future.

The talks are likely to exclude the United States, the Wall Street Journal reports.

A Russian presidential representative said the meeting on September 4th was “in line with efforts to launch the process of national reconciliation in Afghanistan.”

This is the first time the Taliban are known to have accepted an invitation for multilateral talks from Russia, with China, India, Pakistan and Iran also due to attend the meeting.

Last month a U.S. delegation met with Taliban representatives in Doha, with the U.S. stating it planned continued regular engagement with the group.