Russia holds crucial meeting of 10 countries including Afghan Taliban government
In Russian capital Moscow, official from ten countries including Taliban interim government delegation will meet on Wednesday to discuss security issues in the region particularly action against Islamic State fighters.
The Taliban delegation is headed by Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi.
Russia's foreign ministry has said that one of the aims of the Moscow meeting is to consolidate the efforts of the international community to prevent a humanitarian crisis.
It also said the formation of an "inclusive government" would be on the agenda, and that parties to the talks are expected to release a joint statement afterwards.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has regretted the absence of U.S. officials from international talks on Afghanistan with the Taliban in Moscow today.
The United States had said it would not join this round of talks in the Russian capital due to technical reasons but planned to do so the future.