Uzbekistan urges talks

TASHKENT – Uzbekistan offered on Tuesday to host peace talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban, a move that could make Tashkent a player in settling the decades-long conflict in the neighbouring country.

“We stand ready to create all necessary conditions, at any stage of the peace process, to arrange on the territory of Uzbekistan direct talks between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban movement,” Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev told a conference in Tashkent attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The European Union, Russia and Turkey, also attended the conference.

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