Several sources confirmed, on Tuesday, that the Afghan peace conference in Turkey, which Washington supports, was postponed due to the lack of participation of the “Taliban” movement. A senior Afghan government official said: “The Istanbul conference will not be held on the specified date. Because of the Taliban’s refusal to attend ». Two other sources confirmed the postponement of the conference. No new date has been set yet.
For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: The talks were postponed until after the month of Ramadan, adding: The participation in the conference is still unclear.
State Department spokesman Ned Price did not confirm the delay, but said: The broader diplomatic efforts will continue.
Earlier, Tuesday, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said he could not confirm the conference had been postponed.
The peace conference was scheduled to be held on April 24th. To accelerate efforts to reach an agreement between the “Taliban” and the Afghan government, in light of Washington’s decision to withdraw foreign forces from Afghanistan by September 11th.