The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan reacted to Moscow Summit regarding the Afghan peace process, stating that the Afghan government hails any country that supports Afghanistan in achieving peace and emphasizes on an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Moscow summit has not been organized in continuation of the summits which were organized in Moscow Format among the independent states.

The statement further added that the Taliban group was also invited in the summit and based on principles and previous decisions of Tashkent and Kabul Process summits, the Afghan government and Taliban were supposed to participate in direct talks.

The Afghan government emphasizes on peace process in accordance with the accepted principles of Kabul and Tashkent summits which are based on national and international consensus and therefore the government has not sent any representative in the summit, the statement added.

The Afghan High Peace Council, being a national and non-governmental institution, has participated in the summit based on the invitation of Russia, MoFA said, adding that the Afghan government expects that the summit would result into the launch of direct talks between the government and Taliban as per the agreements of Afghanistan and Russia and that the Taliban would not be allowed to make instrumental use of the summit in their interest.

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