Russia hosted an Afghanistan peace conference in Moscow 9 November, with the aim of restoring relations and fostering peace in Afghanistan, the meeting which brought together Russia, Afghan official and Militant group the Taliban to sit and find new path for peace and stability.
Afghanistan is a country that has been at war for almost 17 years, and Russia is looking to position itself as the regional power broker as reported by wsj.com. Russia has historical ties with Afghanistan having fought a war there in 1980’s which resulted in defeat and the end of the Soviet Union.
Unfortunately the Taliban was unwilling to talk with Afghanistan officials though they did attend the meeting in Moscow. The meeting didn’t reach its goal of establishing new ground, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, stated Russia’s desire to open a new door to peace in Afghanistan.
By Mokgethi Mtezuka