Syed Mansoor Naderi, one of the prominent political and religious leaders of Afghanistan has said that he and some other prominent national figures have participated in Moscow Intra-Afghan Summit to discuss ways to prevent further bloodshed, end conflict, and a peace agreement.

He made the remarks in response to a question that if the Moscow summit is an intra-Afghan summit and that why the Afghan government has not welcomed the summit?

“Yes exactly, this is an intra-Afghan summit. Representatives from different groups and sects of the community including national figures, politicians, women, and experts will participate in the summit to hold talks with the Taliban. This is an intra-Afghan summit hosted in Russia where all political movements, national figures, women, and representatives of parliament houses are present,” he added.

According to Mr. Naderi “ The objection of the government of Afghanistan is that the summit has not been organized in Kabul and cannot be classified as intra-Afghan talks, from my point of view the summit not being organized in Kabul does not mean that this is not an intra-Afghan summit but the negotiators are representatives of all categories and sects of the Afghan community and are all Afghans. If the summit was held in Kabul, it would have been better, but Taliban were not ready considering the current situation to hold direct talks with the Afghan government since they consider direct talks with President Ghani as offering privileges to a certain individual in 1398 presidential elections.”

He also added “Therefore, we have participated in the summit to prevent bloodshed, end conflict and achieve a peace agreement which are the demands and hopes of the people of Afghanistan. Russia plays a facilitator role in this summit.”

The intra-Afghan summit in Moscow is expected to kick off this afternoon in the capital city of Russia and will continue for two days.

Some prominent political and religious leaders including Hamid Karzai, Syed Mansoor Naderi, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Mohammad Mohaqiq, Ata Mohammad Noor, Hekmat Karzai, Ismail Khan, Shahnawaz Tanai, ex-Taliban ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Salam Zaeef have participated in the summit.

Fawzia Koofi and Hawa Alam Nooristani are representing women in this summit.