Category Archives: Reconciliation Key Documents

Afghan Taliban, US talks in Qatar to continue in future: ex-Taliban minister – Daily Times

ISLAMABAD: The representatives of the Afghan Taliban and United States officials have held direct talks in Qatar to end the conflict in Afghanistan, a former Taliban minister said on Friday.

Mutasim Agha Jan, finance minister in the Taliban cabinet, told Daily Times from Turkey that more such talks would be held at higher levels in future. “The Taliban political representatives and the American officials have met in Qatar. No other side was part of the negotiations,” said Mutasim, who once headed the Taliban political commission and remained a close confidant of Mullah Omar.

A Taliban official in Qatar denied comments when approached to seek his views on the talks. “We will talk to the media at appropriate …. Read More on Daily Times 

Alliance formed to challenge Afghan president’s re-election bid – Arab News

Key Afghan government officials and major political parties have forged an alliance in a bid to challenge any move by President Ashraf Ghani to extend his term, in the face of growing concerns about elections being postponed. (AP)

  • The alliance, launched on Thursday, said it aims to improve governance, create jobs, ensure the holding of transparent elections, and maintain security across the country.
  • President Ghani said the coalition should help the government resolve key national issues.
KABUL: Key Afghan government officials and major political parties have forged an alliance in a bid to challenge any move by President Ashraf Ghani to extend his term, in the face of growing concerns about elections being postponed.
The Grand Coalition of Afghanistan includes First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, who recently returned from 14 months in exile, Second Deputy Executive Chief Mohammad Mohaqiq, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, key regional strongmen …. Read More on Arab News

‘A Sudden Burst of Movement’ on the Afghan Peace Process – The Atlantic

The reported U.S. offer of direct talks with the Taliban is adding to rare optimism in Afghanistan.

Afghans in Nangarhar province celebrate the Eid cease-fire between the government’s forces and the Taliban (PARWIZ PARWIZ / REUTERS)

Two stories from Afghanistan this week were emblematic of how the conflict there has proceeded since the U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban regime in 2001. The first was that 14 people were killed in a suicide attack, claimed by isis, in Kabul that narrowly missed the country’s vice president. And the second was that Taliban fighters seized two districts in Paktika province, which is on the country’s southeastern border with Pakistan. What those stories obscure, however, is the optimism about the prospects of peace …. Read More on The Atlantic

Regional Efforts Grow for Afghan Peace – IWPR

Praise for latest talks supporting peace negotiations between Kabul and the Taleban.

A member of the United States Air Force keeps watch over the runway at Kandahar Air Field. (Photo: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

Analysts and officials have welcomed Saudi Arabia’s hosting of a two-day conference on peace in Afghanistan as an important step towards a regional solution for the ongoing conflict.

Held in the cities of Jeddah and Mecca, the July summit was attended by 200 religious scholars from 57 countries who agreed that the current war went against the teachings of Islam.

The Muslim Scholars on Peace and Stability in Afghanistan event was organised by the Suadi government in concert with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Ahead of the conference, the Afghan High Peace Council expressed hope that a Taleban delegation would attend the talks. However, the insurgent group put out a statement in which they denounced the event….. Read More on IWPR

US general sees ‘cautious optimism’ about Afghanistan strategy – ABC11

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The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East believes there is reason for “cautious optimism” that the Trump administration’s South Asia Strategy is working in Afghanistan and creating the conditions for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

“There is cause for cautious optimism and evidence that our South Asia strategy is working,” said General Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. Central Command, during a visit to Kabul where he met with senior Afghan security officials.

General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and the Resolute Support NATO training mission, also believes … Read More on ABC11

U.S. commanders say Afghan strategy boosting peace hopes – reuters

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Army General John Nicholson, Commander of Resolute Support forces and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

KABUL (Reuters) – Increasing prospects of peace talks with the Taliban show the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is working, despite continuing violence and insurgent control of wide areas of the countryside, top U.S. commanders in Afghanistan said on Monday.

The comments came as speculation has grown that talks to end 17 years of war in Afghanistan may be closer after last month’s ceasefire over the Eid holiday brought scenes of unarmed fighters and soldiers mingling on the streets.

“The advancement toward the reconciliation goal in President Trump’s strategy has seen progress in the last year that we haven’t seen in the previous 17 years and …. Read More on reuters

28-member Pak delegation arrives in Kabul for APAPPS talks –

ISLAMABAD: On the eve of general elections, the caretaker government after the recent envoys conference, kick started the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) by sending a 28-member delegation led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua to Kabul on Sunday.

“The team’s visit two days before the general polls showed Islamabad’s commitment to the APAPPS,” Tehmina Janjua said on arrival at Kabul airport.

Tehmina Janjua arrived on a day when media reports from Kabul spoke about casualties after a blast near Kabul’s international airport, shortly after Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum returned to the country after more than a year in exile. The explosion happened as Dostum was leaving the airport with a large crowd…. Read More on The News

 

Pakistani delegation in Kabul to attend bilateral action plan for peace session – The Express Tribune

Pakistan’s delegation in Kabul for APAPPS. PHOTO: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan on Sunday held inaugural meetings of the five Working Groups (WGs) under the Afghanistan and Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) in Kabul in yet another step towards normalisation of relationship between the two neighbors after months of tensions.

The Afghan delegation was led by the deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai, and the Pakistani side was led by the Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.

The Pakistan team was made up of a 28-member multi-departmental, high-level delegation which included representatives from MOFA, SAFRON, Commerce, FBR, Railways, Communications, Interior, Military and Intelligence which met with their Afghan counterparts in respective … Read More on The Express Tribune