Taliban undecided to attend international conference on Afghanistan taking place in Russia

On October 9, the spokesman for the Taliban government in Afghanistan, Bilal Karimi, said that the Taliban had not yet made a decision to join the conference on Afghanistan in the format of Moscow, scheduled to take place in October. "The Taliban has not yet made a decision whether to attend the meeting in Moscow," Karimi said.

Earlier this week, Russia's Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov announced that Russia had invited the Taliban to attend an international conference on Afghanistan, scheduled for October 20 in Moscow.

Taliban fighters enter the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, after taking control of the capital. Illustration: AP
Taliban fighters enter the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, after taking control of the capital. Illustration: AP

The summit follows the G20 summit on Afghanistan on October 12, which sought to help the country avoid a humanitarian catastrophe after the Taliban took control of the southwestern Asian country.

Although the Taliban is a banned organization in Russia, representatives of its political branch were invited to talks in Moscow earlier this year in an effort to reach a peace agreement.

In July, weeks before the Taliban took over Kabul, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova defended Russian officials' talks with senior Taliban leaders.

Although the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan and established an interim government, no country has yet recognized the group as the legitimate government in Afghanistan. Mr. Kabulov had hinted that Russia might recognize the Taliban, explaining that "we are in no hurry" and that such a move depends on "the behavior of the new regime".

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