Inclusion would solve the ‘problem of integrating the Taliban into Afghanistan’s peaceful political life’, a Moscow official claims.

Afghan security officials stand guard on a checkpoint Lashkargah after the Taliban launched an attack on the capital of southwestern Helmand province in Afghanistan [File: Watan Yar/EPA]

Russia said on Friday that the Taliban should be included in any Afghan interim administration, before a conference in Moscow aimed at supporting peace talks between the group and Afghanistan’s government.

Moscow is set to host a conference on Afghanistan on March 18 and has invited several regional players, including Taliban representatives.

The meeting is seen as the Kremlin’s latest effort to cement its role as a broker in the conflict, decades after the Soviet occupation of

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