Taliban say U.S. must meet troop withdrawal deadline

Qatar says it is committed to sustainable peace in Afghanistan

The statement called on both sides to conclude their peace negotiations and supported the formation of "an independent, sovereign, unified, peaceful, democratic, and self-sufficient Afghanistan", free of terrorism and drugs.

The push comes as the U.S.is reviewing an agreement the administration of former President Donald Trump made with the Taliban-a deal Biden called "not a very solidly negotiated deal", in a recent interview with US broadcast network ABC.

The agreement Trump reached with the Taliban did not include the Afghani government, and US intelligence later reported that the Taliban had "no intention of abiding by their agreement".

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar - a famed anti-Soviet commander in the 1980s who joined the government's delegation to Moscow - said Thursday's talks had broken the "stalemate" in Doha, according to his spokesman. And the President has been sharply critical of the details that Trump administration negotiated.

Under the deal, the U.S.is supposed to withdraw all forces from Afghanistan by May 1.

No one claimed immediate responsibility for the blast, but the Afghan government has blamed Taleban insurgents for recent attacks targeting government employees, civil society figures and journalists.

Joe Biden recently side-stepped his administration's projected failure to bring home USA troops from Afghanistan.

A US State Department spokesperson said the meeting in Russian Federation complemented the Doha process and that Washington was engaging with regional countries, though believed the peace process should be "Afghan-led, Afghan-owned at its core".

Under this diplomatic push, two more global conferences are expected as early as next month, one hosted by the United Nations and the other by Turkey.

The Afghan official says the 8-page draft includes a plan for the Afghan government and the Taliban to choose a president, a vice president and other officials to form an interim government.

Abdullah asked the regional countries and beyond to help Afghanistan in its drive to achieve a lasting peace.

Taliban representatives and a delegation of Afghan leaders that includes government officials have been holding talks in Qatar's capital, Doha, since September past year.

Kabulov said he hopes Iran will change its mind once tensions with the USA decrease.

The Moscow meeting will include U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and representatives from Pakistan and China, according to officials.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed a new personal envoy on Afghanistan and the region Wednesday.

It was there that Afghan leaders met to set up a provisional administration after the Islamist Taliban was ousted by local forces backed by the USA military.

Some diplomats and experts said that for the renewed peace push to succeed, Washington must align itself with countries including Russia, China and Iran, with which it has strained relations.



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