The decision of Russia to host the Taliban is an effort to increase its influence in Central Asia. At the same time, Russia urges to stand against ISIS, whose presence increases in Afghanistan.
The officials from 10 countries, including China and Pakistan will partake in talks.
It is noted that the talks were organized amid the concerns of Russia that the ISIS fighters gather in Afghanistan to spread into ex-Soviet republics, including Russia.
The Russian officials expressed respect to the new power in Kabul and promised to supply humanitarian aid.
In its turn, the Taliban delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi praised the meeting.
However, Moscow stated earlier that it was not ready to recognize the Taliban government. It is still recognized as a terrorist organization by Moscow.
"Official recognition of the Taliban is not under discussion for now. Like most other influential countries in the region, we are in contact with them. We are prodding them to fulfill the promises they made when they came to power,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
As we reported, on Sunday the United States held the first face-to-face meeting with Taliban officials since the militant group's takeover of Afghanistan in August. A US delegation held talks with the group in Doha, Qatar, focusing on security and terrorism.