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Tehran hosts Moscow Format as Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan consult ahead of Doha meeting

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The regional meeting on Afghanistan, known as the “Moscow Format,” is set to be held on Saturday, June 8, in Tehran, with representatives from Russia, China, Iran, and Pakistan in attendance. Meanwhile, the third Doha meeting on Afghanistan is scheduled for June 30 and July 1.

Zamir Kabulov, a diplomat and the special representative of the Russian president for Afghanistan, previously informed Russian media about the upcoming meeting in Tehran, stating that its purpose is to consult regional countries regarding the third Doha meeting.

According to him, the meeting is scheduled for today, in Tehran with representatives from Russia, China, Pakistan, and Iran. This is amidst ongoing consultations about the third Doha meeting in various countries, primarily organized by civil society institutions related to Afghanistan and political groups in exile.

The regional “Moscow Format” meetings, focusing on Afghanistan, are occasionally held in different countries at Russia’s initiative.

There is no specific definition of the “Moscow Format”, but each of these meetings pursues goals related to the current situation in Afghanistan. For instance, the sixth round aimed to create an inclusive government in Afghanistan and to combat drug trafficking and terrorism. However, the upcoming meeting in Tehran is intended to discuss the third Doha meeting.

The Doha meeting, scheduled for June 30 and July 1 at the United Nations initiative in Qatar’s capital, has influenced many regional meetings. The agendas of many of these meetings, including the Ankara meeting and a series of meetings by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Taliban, have been dedicated to consultations on this matter.

The Russian news agency TASS reported, quoting Kabulov, that “we have spoken with representatives of Afghanistan’s leadership and the UN Secretary-General in Doha about preparations for the third meeting of special representatives on Afghanistan and will meet on Saturday [in Tehran].”

The second Doha meeting failed due to a lack of consensus among countries on how to engage with the Taliban and the failure to agree on appointing a special representative of the UN Secretary-General to outline a roadmap for resolving the political crisis in Afghanistan. However, relative consensus is expected to be achieved in the third round of this meeting, although many criticisms are directed at the third Doha meeting.

Meanwhile, the Taliban has indicated its willingness to participate in the next meeting, suggesting that “controversial issues” will not be discussed at the third Doha meeting.

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