Russia calls for talks between Afghan govt and the Taliban

Russia called for urgent talks between the government in Afghanistan and the Taliban, its Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding Russia could host such talks.

Afghan security personnel block a road near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on 25 December, 2017. Picture: AFP

MOSCOW – Russia called on Wednesday for urgent talks between the government in Afghanistan and the Taliban, its Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding Russia could host such talks.

“We strongly recommend that negotiations start as soon as possible... to put an end to the civil war,” the ministry said.