Maria Zakharova, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said Russia supports the outcome of the Second Inter-Afghan Dialogue Conference held in Doha on July 7-8.
Zakharova further added “It was basically a continuation of the conversation between representatives of a broad range of Afghanistan’s socio-political forces, including the armed opposition, which was started last February, and is aimed at launching a peace process in that country as soon as possible.”
Furthermore, Zakharova said “We are satisfied that the participants at the Doha meeting adopted a final statement reflecting their intention to steadily move towards an inter-Afghanistan peace.”
Meanwhile, she said “We have emphasised more than once that the inter-Afghanistan dialogue reflects the principle of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process that was broadly approved by the international community.”
She also added that “In Afghanistan’s current reality, such meetings are the only viable channel of communication not only for the confronting sides of the conflict but also for the key political forces of the IRA, without which it will hardly be possible to achieve durable peace.”
In the meantime, she expressed hopes that the “Communication will lay the foundation for a future peace agreement and will more clearly outline the contours of the post-conflict arrangement in Afghanistan.”
A delegation of more than 60 people including government officials participated in the conference to discuss peace efforts in Afghanistan.