The Islamic Emirate hopes the Moscow conference will pave the ground for an improvement of the political and economic relations with other countries and the recognition of the current government.
A senior delegation of the Islamic Emirate, led by Abdul Salam Hanafi, second deputy of the prime minister, is set to visit Moscow on Tuesday. “A high-level delegation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, led by Abdul Salam Hanafi, deputy of the prime minister, will arrive in Moscow tomorrow,” said Inamullah Samangani, a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate. “The delegation is comprised of Amir Khan Muttqqi, (acting) foreign minister and some other ministers.”
The deputy minister of information and culture, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that the discussion of political and economic issues was on the agenda of the meeting.
“We hope this meeting results in good steps politically as well as steps toward recognition of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan by other countries,” he said.
The representatives of the US, China, Pakistan, Iran and India have been invited to the Moscow meeting.
“The Moscow conference… will assess the issue of the new transformation in Afghanistan--should they recognize the new government or not? I think this conference is very important for Afghanistan. The delegation of the Emirate is participating and the Afghans expect a conclusion from this conference which is in the interests of the Afghans and will bring Afghanistan out of isolation,” said Abdul Satar Saadat, a political analyst.
Russian media, citing the country’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, reported that a meeting would be held among the representatives of US, China, Russia and Pakistan.
“US, Russia, China and some other countries--each of them will attempt to be first in engaging with the Taliban,” said Jawid Sangdel, an international relations expert.
A source close to Abdullah Abdullah, the former chairman of the high council for national reconciliation, said that former president, Hamid Karzai and Abdullah were invited to the conference, but the Russian embassy in Kabul issued a statement saying this was not true.