Afghanistan: Moscow in favor of a ruling coalition including the Taliban

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Moscow | Moscow said Friday it hoped for the formation of an interim “administration” including the Taliban to lead Afghanistan, at a time when efforts are increasing to reach a peace agreement before a possible departure in May from the United States.

“The formation of an inclusive interim administration would be the logical solution to the problem of integrating the Taliban into Afghan politics,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters less than once. week before talks will be held in Moscow in which the Kabul authorities and the Taliban will participate.

The conference, in which China, Pakistan and the United States will also participate, comes as Washington tries to boost discussions aimed at seeking a peaceful solution to the Afghan conflict.

The United States has thus submitted a new peace proposal to the authorities in Kabul and the Taliban, as the May 1 deadline approaches when Washington could withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

This plan provides in particular for the creation of a “new inclusive government”, according to a letter from the head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken revealed by the Afghan media.

On Monday, Washington called for an “acceleration” of the peace process in Afghanistan, saying that progress was “possible”.

At the same time, Turkey announced on Friday that it wanted to host Afghan peace talks in Istanbul in April, according to its Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu.