A senior Afghan official has said that the government will push regional countries including Russia to press the Taliban for peace, it has been reported.
This comes as Moscow is preparing to host a multi-national conference on Afghanistan on April 14.
Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, who would lead Afghan delegation for the meeting, said that he would go to Moscow with an open heart and mind.
“We would also like to make sure that we explain to them that any kind of peace process has to be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned and, if any peace process is pushed without the Afghan leadership, it will fail,” he told Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported.
Russia has been accused of giving support to Taliban insurgents; however, Moscow says that its limited contacts with the group are aimed at helping peace.
Russia’s alleged support for the Taliban is seen as an effort to counter Islamic State group or undermine NATO’s interests in Afghanistan.
“The philosophy of supporting one non-state actor [the Taliban] against the other [IS] is wrong. We will not accept it,” Karzai said.
He said that Afghanistan was determined to negotiate with Taliban as stated that the conflict in Afghanistan cannot be won through military means.
“We need to engage … we need to engage in political discourse, [to find a] political settlement with groups that are Afghans,” he said.