Russian Envoy: Taliban will participate in Moscow Format meeting

Russian Special Representative for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, has said that the new Moscow Format meeting on Afghanistan will be held on September 29 in Kazan city.

The meeting will focus on the matter of inclusivity in Taliban administration, but topics of counterterrorism, and counternarcotics will also be discussed, Kabulov told the Russian news agency TASS.

Kabulov added that the Taliban delegation has already confirmed their participation.

The last Moscow Format meeting on Afghanistan was held in November last year in Moscow.

The Moscow Format meeting on Afghanistan was first held in 2017, with participants from 11 countries, including China, Iran, Pakistan, and other regional states.

This comes following the recent meeting between the US special representatives and a senior Taliban delegation in Doha, Qatar, where the two sides discussed “critical interests” and “confidence building in support of the Afghan people.”

US Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights, Rina Amiri, shared insights about the meeting on Tuesday, saying they had directly engaged with the Taliban on issues of human rights, particularly the extreme restrictions on women and girls, among other things.

Rina Amiri’s remarks sparked a backlash from human rights and women activists from Afghanistan.