Hamid Karzai to Attend Talks in Moscow With Taliban Envoys
The Taliban said they will participate in what they call "intra-Afghan" talks in Moscow among prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai and tribal elders – but no Kabul government officials, according to the Associated Press.
The office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has criticised the meeting in the Russian capital, expected on Tuesday, as a gathering of the power-hungry.
The Taliban refuse to talk to Ghani's government, which they denounce as a US puppet.
A statement released on Monday by Afghans attending the Moscow meeting describes it as "the first step toward intra-Afghan dialogue."
The Taliban delegation will be led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai.