Moscow, Kabul Agree to Postpone Peace Conference
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have agreed to postpone a peace conference on Afghanistan that was planned for September.
Moscow had been preparing to host peace talks on September 4 and had invited 12 countries, including the US, and Taliban representatives to participate.
The Afghan President's office confirmed in a statement that Lavrov and Ghani had decided to postpone the meeting and hold it at a later date.
The statement said Ghani insisted that the peace talks should be “Afghan owned and led,” adding that Lavrov had agreed the peace process should be under the auspices of the Afghans and stressed that Moscow was “ready to cooperate."
"In the telephone conversation, the president of the country hailed the efforts made by Afghanistan's regional and international friends, especially the Russian Federation towards lasting peace in Afghanistan and said that the peace plan which was presented at the second Kabul Process conference had been outlined in consultation with various segments of society and with the support of the international community and the plan has defined all basic principles for sustainable peace in the country," it said.