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The insurgents' manifesto, outlined in Moscow before some of Afghanistan's most influential leaders, comes a week after the Taliban held unprecedented six-day talks with U.S. negotiators in Doha about ending the 17-year war.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday no peace deal between the Taliban and the United States could be finalized without involving his government as "the decision-maker".

Presidential hopeful Mohammad Haneef Atmar, who is attending the Moscow talks, gave journalists a brief update about the session on Wednesday and said "we are extremely optimistic about the results".

Ahead of his journey, Karzai, the former Afghan President who has forged closer ties with Moscow in recent years, said he will carry to the Taliban a message of peace, unity and sovereignty and will emphasise that all Afghan men and women need to progress.

"There's something surreal about Afghanistan's most powerful opposition politicians meeting with the Taliban in order to spark an intra-Afghan dialogue that doesn't include the country's own government", analyst Michael Kugelman of the Wilson Center in Washington told AFP.

The Taliban demanded a new constitution for Afghanistan and promised an "inclusive Islamic system" to govern the war-torn country at a rare gathering with senior Afghan politicians in Russian Federation on Tuesday that excluded the Kabul government.

If Pakistan plays a positive role in achieving a settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan, the United States will have opportunity and motive to help Islamabad fulfil that role, as peace in the region is the most important mutual priority for the U.S. and Pakistan, he said.

Hanafi said Washington and the Taliban agreed that all foreign troops would eventually leave and Afghanistan would never be used as a base for attacks on the US. Former Afghan president's adviser Zia Massoud could also attend the event.

"It is Russian Federation against the USA all over again, but the other way around", Fakur said, in reference to Washington's support former Mujahidin fighters against the former Soviet Union-backed government in the 1990s.

Former Afghan Vice President Yunus Qanuni stressed that not all the Afghans think that their country is occupied.

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"Part of the Taliban's approach here is, 'We are not against talking to Afghans... we don't want to talk to the Kabul government because they aren't in a position to negotiate".

Uzbekistan has once again expressed its readiness to host any direct talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban movement, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Khalilzad and the Taliban say they made significant progress in the Doha talks and have come close to a deal on withdrawal of USA -led foreign forces from Afghanistan.

Mr Stanikzai said the Taliban had decided in Moscow to meet Afghan political figures who had "manpower" on the ground.

But that report was contradicted at the end of the talks in Moscow, with the Taliban official previously quoted by RIA, Abdul Salam Hanafi, denying that he had made the comment.

"Great nations do not fight endless wars", Trump said.

He said his administration was holding constructive talks with a number of groups, including Taliban militants. He's also pressed for talks to bring together all major parties in the conflict.

Though Russia considers the Taliban a terrorist organization, Stanikzai was optimistic that the talks would go a long way to change Moscow's mind.

In addition, Mohammad Mohaqiq, the second deputy of CEO Abdullah Abdullah, also spoke at the meeting and called on the Taliban to show flexibility and avoid the policy of rejecting other Afghans as this did nothing to help end the war.


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