Moscow, Feb 11 : Moscow doubts that Washington will manage to reach an agreement with Taliban in 2019, Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Alexander Mantytskiy told Sputnik in an interview.
According to the US special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, Washington was hoping to sign a peace deal with Taliban before presidential election in Afghanistan in July 2019. "As we know, the talks between Washington and Taliban are slow and viscous, so there is no confidence that they will yield result this year," the diplomat said.
The ambassador added that Moscow maintained active contacts with the Taliban movement and there was no need to stimulate talks. (SPUTNIK)