US: Russia talks on Afghanistan 'unli...

US: Russia talks on Afghanistan 'unlikely to yield progress'

Aug 22, 2018 Read more: SFGate
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. has rejected an invitation to join Russia-led talks on Afghanistan, saying they are unlikely to help bring peace. Russia says that the Taliban will be joining the Sept. 4 talks in Moscow, along with representatives of several neighboring countries. It will be one of the insurgent group's biggest diplomatic forays since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. A State Department spokesman said Wednesday that said that as a matter of principle, the U.S. supports Afghan-led efforts to advance a peace settlement. Based on previous Russia-led meetings on Afghanistan, the Moscow talks are "unlikely to yield any progress toward that end." The spokesman was not authorized to be quoted by name and requested anonymity.

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