Moscow Ready to Provide Platform for Talks Between Afghanistan, Taliban

© AP Photo / Naim RahimiIn this photo taken on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, Afghan security forces and volunteer militias stage on their way to Kunduz, Afghanistan to fight against Taliban fighters
In this photo taken on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, Afghan security forces and volunteer militias stage on their way to Kunduz, Afghanistan to fight against Taliban fighters - Sputnik International
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Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asian Department Zamir Kabulov said that Moscow is ready to host possible negotiations between Afghanistan and the Taliban terror group, outlawed in Russia.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow is ready to provide a platform for future negotiations between Afghanistan and the Taliban terror group, outlawed in Russia, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asian Department Zamir Kabulov said Wednesday.

"The dialogue is a need and that terror attack showed its need. In order to prevent such terror attacks, it is necessary to come to the negotiating table. Russia is ready to provide a platform and it is necessary to agree on peace instead of waging a war," Kabulov told reporters referring to the Friday's attack on a military base near the city of Mazari Sharif in northern Afghanistan that killed over 100 people.

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He also said that the meeting in Moscow sent a signal to the Taliban and the Afghan government on the need for peace talks.

"The consultations were a signal both to the Taliban and the Afghan government, the next step is up to them," Kabulov said, adding that the date of the next meeting remains unknown.

Earlier in April, the fifth Afghanistan peace conference was held in Moscow. It was attended by 11 countries, including Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Afghanistan and a number of Central Asian states. The United States refused to attend the meeting.

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