Moscow: Refusal to take part in conference on Afghanistan reflects Washington’s hypocrisy

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Russian Foreign Ministry

Russian Foreign Ministry


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MOSCOW, August 22. /TASS/ The United States’ refusal to take part in the conference on Afghanistan scheduled to be held in Moscow on September 4 reflects the hypocrisy of Washington’s peace rhetoric with respect to Kabul, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary on Wednesday.

“We were sorry to learn from a statement by the US Department of State that the Americans refuse to take part in a Moscow format meeting on September 4. Aside from them, representatives of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and five Central Asian countries have been invited to take part in it,” the ministry said. “The American side’s decision once again highlights the hypocrisy of Washington’s peace rhetoric towards Afghanistan.”

Washington’s refusal to participate in a conference on Afghanistan shows that the US is not interested in launching a national reconciliation process in Afghanistan as soon as possible, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“Countries taking part in the Moscow meetings seek, first and foremost, to jointly facilitate efforts to launch a process of national reconciliation in Afghanistan as soon as possible and end the fratricidal war,” the statement reads. “Washington’s refusal to participate in such efforts shows that it pursues totally different goals,” the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

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