August 22, 2018 / 6:51 PM / a year ago

Taliban says it will send senior members to Moscow peace talks

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban said on Wednesday it would send senior members to Russia for peace talks on Afghanistan, hours after the Afghan government declined the offer to attend such a conference.

Russia has invited several countries, including the United States, to the Moscow talks on Sept. 4 but Washington and Afghanistan have said they will not go.

“Our leaders have accepted Russia’s invitation to participate in Russia-led peace talks,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Reporting by Jibran Ahmed in Pakistan; Writing by Rupam Jain in Kabul; Editing by Andrew Roche

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