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US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has started another multi-nation trip on Afghan peace starting from January 8 – 21. The US Department of State says Khalilzad will visit India, China, Afghanistan, and Pakistan during this trip. “Special Representative Khalilzad will meet with Afghan government officials and other interested parties to support and […] 9/01/2019 at 09:35

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Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs, Abbas Araghchi, arrived in Kabul on Saturday, nearly a week after he held talks with the Taliban in Tehran. The diplomat met with President Ashraf Ghani in the presidential palace where they discussed the importance of state-to-state relations, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and better use of Chabahar […] 6/01/2019 at 14:07

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Amid reports on a possible withdrawal of a “significant” number of US forces from Afghanistan, the US Vice President Mike Pence said Trump “is in the process of evaluating” whether to remove troops from Afghanistan. He made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Fox News. The Fox News said in a report that Pence […] 4/01/2019 at 09:29

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Offering an explanation of why US should withdraw from Afghanistan, President Donald Trump appeared to endorse the Soviet intervention there in the 1980s and by extension, disavow US support for jihadist insurgents. “Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia, because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday, […] 3/01/2019 at 05:35

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A number of Afghanistan’s political parties and mainstream on Tuesday, reacting to the new announced delay in the schedule of the presidential elections by the election commission, said the election delay is against the Constitution. The political movements’ remarks come after, on Sunday, the election commission said the election management body had decided to hold […] 1/01/2019 at 23:48

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Taliban representatives from Afghanistan arrived in Tehran on Sunday and started peace negotiations with Iran, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Monday. The talks are designed to set parameters for negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, Iranian media reported. “A Taliban delegation was in Tehran yesterday (Sunday). They had comprehensive negotiations […] 31/12/2018 at 11:13

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A week after reports about a possible withdrawal of US troops from the country, a White House spokesman, quoted by the Bloomberg News, said the US President Donald Trump has not ordered the Pentagon to pull troops out of Afghanistan. “The president has not made a determination to drawdown US military presence in Afghanistan and […] 29/12/2018 at 23:11

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Pakistan has convinced the Afghan government and the Taliban to hold peace talks, Pakistani officials have told the Nation newspaper based in Lahore. “It’s a huge success for Pakistan. We don’t know when the talks will be formally held but they have taken a step forward. They (the Afghan government and the Taliban) have agreed […] 28/12/2018 at 09:17

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Taliban insurgents have attached three preconditions for peace talks with the Afghan government, including cancellation of the security deal with the United States. This comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani earlier this year had offered talks with Taliban without preconditions. Taliban representatives have met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in the […] 24/12/2018 at 20:36

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Vladimir Putin thinks the US is right to withdraw its troops from Syria, but has expressed uncertainty about Washington’s announcement, noting that the US military has remained in Afghanistan for seventeen years. Speaking with journalists during an annual Q&A session, Russia’s president said that American troops have no legal basis for operating in Syria, and […] 22/12/2018 at 01:27