Category Archives: Reconciliation Recent Developments

Taliban kill 30 members of Afghan security forces, militias – The News

KABUL: The Taliban launched a series of attacks on security checkpoints in four Afghan provinces early on Thursday, killing 32 members of the security forces and pro-government militias, provincial officials said.

Both sides in Afghanistan’s 17-year war have kept up attacks this winter, with the Taliban inflicting a heavy toll on government forces, and the U.S. military and their government allies killing Taliban field commanders with air strikes.

At the same time, tentative peace efforts have been under with U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation …. Read More on The News

Quest for Afghan peace – The Nation

The hopes kindled by talks between US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban at UAE facilitated by Pakistan seem to have hit a snag with Taliban cancelling yet another round at Qatar over disagreement on the agenda for talks. The parleys were actually scheduled to be held in Saudi Arabia but the Taliban had asked for shifting the venue to Qatar because of the Saudi insistence on ensuring participation of the delegation of Afghan government in the process. The talks were fourth in the series of interaction between Zalmay and the Taliban. The Taliban refuse to accept participation of the Afghan government in the talks as they consider it a ‘puppet regime’.

The previous interface between US and Taliban at UAE had ended on a positive note and the Taliban also not only acknowledged progress in the talks but also expressed their willingness to continue …. Read More on The Nation

Afghan adviser in China amid push for ‘long-term stability’ – Abcnews

Afghanistan’s national security adviser was in Beijing on Thursday as part of a push by his beleaguered nation for help in ending its 17-year-old war with the Taliban.

Hamdullah Mohib met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, telling him Afghanistan is seeking to “bring some long-term stability to our region.”

China and Afghanistan share a narrow border and have cooperated on frontier security. China is also a close ally of Pakistan, accused by Afghanistan and the U.S. of providing …. Read more on AbcNews

Khalilzad On New Afghanistan Peace Trip – Tolo News

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 facilitate an inclusive peace process in Afghanistan, empowering the Afghan people to chart a shared course for their nation’s future,” the statement said.

The statement says Khalilzad continues to coordinate his efforts with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other Afghan stakeholders to ensure …. Read More on Tolo News

Govt Has Been ‘Sidelined’ From Peace Talks: Ibrahimi – Tolo News

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s Office said the peace talks are led by Afghans and that foreigners have a facilitating role in it. 

Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, the Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, Lower House of Parliament, who is also member of the High Advisory Board for Peace, said the Afghan government has been “sidelined” from the peace talks.

The High Advisory Board for Peace was announced on December 11 aimed at creating a national consensus for brokering purposeful peace talks with the Taliban. 

Ibrahimi said any peace talks without the involvement of the Afghan government will have no results. 

“It (Government) has been sidelined in this process. We reiterate our call on government’s leadership to put an end to the internal disagreements regarding peace …. Read More on Tolo News

CPEC not against any country – The News

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday rejected international media reports that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project had any military implications which could be used against any other country.

“CPEC is a bilateral economic project, which is not against any country. CPEC is an economic project between Pakistan and China and has helped Pakistan in improving its economy, especially energy and infrastructure,” the spokesman said.

As the year ends, the Foreign Office spokesman at weekly media briefing recalled some of the highlights of the government’s foreign policy achievements with regional development and Afghanistan on top of the page. “Kartarpur Corridor is a big high …. Read More on The News

Analyst Explains How China Can Help Afghanistan, Pakistan Reconcile – Sputnik News

As a global and regional power, China has played a prominent role in political developments in Afghanistan, particularly in terms of its relations with Islamabad. The holding of the second Afghan-China-Pakistan foreign ministers’ meeting in Kabul in mid-December is encouraging news for the Afghans in the harsh cold winter at the year-end.

Baheen Sultan Ahmad — The meeting focused on building trust and discussing the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan, security challenges and counter-terrorism in the region. The question that needs to be answered is whether China as a global power and regional influencer will be able to improve frosty Kabul-Islamabad ties … Read More on
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Pakistan, Russia have ‘common interest’ in Afghan peace – The Nation

ISLAMABAD   –  Pakistan and Russia have agreed to take the defence ties to ‘new heights’ as the two acknowledged each other’s role for Afghanistan and regional peace, officials said.

Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow was ‘very positive’ and the two sides discussed the Afghan issue in detail.

“Russia is upbeat about enhancing defence ties with Pakistan to new heights. They share our views on Afghanistan. The possible Taliban talks with the Afghan government …. Read More on The Nation