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Taliban In Moscow After President Trump Declares Peace Deal Talks 'Dead'

The Taliban negotiating team arrived in the Russian capital on Friday.

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A library picture of Taliban fighters (Picture: PA).

A group of Taliban representatives have held talks with Russian officials in Moscow on Friday.

This comes only days after US President Donald Trump said peace talks between the insurgent group and Washington were "dead".

The Taliban's spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, confirmed the meeting with the Russians.

Qatar-based Mr Shaheen said the delegation held consultations with the Russian special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov.

Following the meeting, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson stressed it was important for talks between the United States and the Taliban to resume, according to TASS news agency.

The Russian spokesperson said in the statement to the news agency that the group are ready to renew dialogue with Washington.

Peace talks between the US and the Taliban began in October 2018 in Qatar. The aim of the talks is to end the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan.

Watch: the US President said the peace talks are "dead" 

The US envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, previously said that a peace agreement between the two parties was very close

However, President Trump later cancelled a secret meeting which was to take place at Camp David in Afghanistan following a car bomb attack in Kabul earlier in September, which resulted in the death of one US soldier and 11 other people.

"They are dead. They are dead. As far as I'm concerned, they are dead," the US President said of the peace talks.

The Taliban are at their strongest since their removal in 2001 by a US-led invasion after the 2001 attacks on New York's World Trade Center and hold over more than half the country, staging near-daily attacks across Afghanistan.