Moscow, Kabul agree to postpone Afghan peace conference

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani agreed upon the postponement of a peace conference on Afghanistan planned to take place in Moscow in September.

During a telephone conversation with Lavrov, Ghani proposed postponing the Moscow peace conference due to the need to develop Afghan consolidated position on this issue, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday, adding that the two sides agreed to set a new date for the meeting through diplomatic channels.

According to a statement from Kabul, President Ghani hailed Russia's efforts toward lasting peace in Afghanistan, but also emphasized that any talks must be an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process.

"It was decided to postpone the Moscow conference so that the two countries can coordinate on further preparations and effectiveness of the process, the statement added citing the telephone conversation.

Source: International Islamic News Agency