MOSCOW, September 13. /TASS/. Russian believes that talks between the United States and Taliban (outlawed in Russia) should be resumed and a Taliban delegation said at talks in Moscow Taliban was ready to continue dialogue with Washington, a spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry told TASS on Friday.
"The Russia side stressed the necessity of the resumption of talks between the United States and the Taliban movement. Taliban, in turn, reiterated its readiness to continue dialogue with Washington," the spokesman said.
Mohammad Sohail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban (outlawed in Russia) Qatar office, told TASS earlier on Friday the Taliban delegation had met with Russian president’s special envoy for Afghanistan and director of the Russian foreign ministry’s second Asia department, Zamir Kabulov, to discuss recent development around the peace process in Afghanistan.
US President Donald Trump tweeted last week that following the terror attack in Kabul he had canceled his meetings with the Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani originally planned to be held in Camp David on September 8. Apart from that, Trump refused to take part in peace settlement talks.
Later, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told NBC that US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad had been recalled to Washington. In an interview with Fox News, Pompeo said he hoped peace consultations would be resumed but did not say when it could be done.