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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Envoy to Talib Talks

MOSCOW -- An adviser to the Russian Embassy in Islamabad is set to fly Wednesday to Qandahar, Afghanistan, to continue negotiating for the release of hostages held by the Afghan Taliban movement, Interfax reported.

The group has been holding seven airmen, Russian crew members of an IL-76, since August 1995, Foreign Ministry spokesman Grigory Karasin told a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

Embassy adviser Zafar Kabulov will "again raise the issue on fulfillment of publicly taken obligations to free crew members and the aircraft by the Talibs," said Karasin. He said a group of Russian physicians would accompany Kabulov to examine and treat the hostages.