Russia hosts talks between Taliban and Afghan peace council

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Meeting furthers Kremlin’s drive to be seen as international broker of peace

Russia has hosted talks with Taliban delegates and members of Afghanistan’s high peace council, as the Kremlin seeks a role as peace broker between Islamist rebels and the US-backed government in Kabul.

The meeting on Friday demonstrated Moscow’s renewed aspirations in Afghanistan almost 30 years after the Soviet Union withdrew its battered forces.

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