US will not join Russia’s Afghanistan talks this week
The United States will not join international talks on Afghanistan organized by Russia this week due to logistical reasons, but is open to participating in the future, the State Department said on Monday.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_ is hosting talks on Wednesday with officials from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), China and Pakistan, Russian President Vladimir ’s special representative was quoted as saying last week.
“We will not participate in the Moscow talks. The -plus has been an effective, a constructive forum. We look forward to engaging in that forum going forward, but we’re not in a position to take part this week,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.
“It has been effective in the past, it’s just logistically difficult for us to take part this week,” said.
Asked if the United States supports the process, Price said: “We do.”
Moscow hosted a conference on Afghanistan in March at which Russia, the United States, and Pakistan released a joint statement calling on the then-warring Afghan sides to reach a peace deal and curb violence.