Kazakhstan offers to host talks on Afghanistan


STREBSKE PLESO, Slovakia -- Kazakh authorities Tuesday (July 9) offered to host Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) representatives for talks on Afghanistan in Nur-Sultan, the New Europe newspaper reported.

"The Kazakh side proposed to hold … an event on Afghanistan in conjunction with the [coming] visit by permanent representatives of states of the OSCE to Kazakhstan," said the Kazakh Foreign Ministry in a statement.

Kazakh Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov announced the potential talks during a discussion with OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák at the OSCE Ministerial Meeting Tuesday in Slovakia.

The meeting in Nur-Sultan will help increase the role of the OSCE in resolving the Afghan conflict and the nation's post-conflict rehabilitation, said the ministry.

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