Category Archives: Reconciliation Recent Developments

China-Pakistan FMs hold strategic dialogue, undertake in-depth discussions of bilateral relations – Business Recorder

BEIJING: China and Pakistan Tuesday held strategic dialogue and undertook in-depth discussions on all aspects of bilateral relations, including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), trade, investment and economic cooperation, people-to-people contacts and regional and international issues.

The dialogue was co-chaired by State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi for China and Minister of Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi for Pakistan.

The two foreign ministers reaffirmed their time-tested and all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and agreed to maintain …. Read More on Business Recorder

China, US must work together in Afghanistan – Asia Times

Afghanistan has been in a state of war for the past four decades. The USSR, the US and its allies have destroyed the whole country. Sophisticated weapons were live-tested and used widely. The US tested and used the biggest conventional bomb in human history. The latest technology and the most advanced tactics were used in the Afghan war by all foreign forces. Infrastructure was damaged, housed were wiped out, and millions of people were either killed, wounded or made homeless.

A large percentage of the country’s citizens were forced to leave their homes and take refuge in neighboring countries or in safe areas in other parts of Afghanistan. The country’s agriculture has been destroyed. Because of heavy bombing and extensive use of explosives, biodiversity has been adversely affected. Environmental pollution and climate change have also had adverse …. Read More on Asia Times

U.S. ending contacts with Afghan NSA over controversial remarks regarding peace efforts – Khaama Press

The United States is ending contacts with National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Hamdullah Mohib over his controversial remarks regarding peace efforts, it has been reported.

Sources privy of the latest developments have told Reuters that the message was conveyed to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani by U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs David Hale.

American and Afghan sources have told Reuters that the U.S. officials have informed President Ghani that they will no longer deal …. Read More on Khaama Press

US to coordinate Afghan adjustments with Nato – Dawn

WASHINGTON: The United States will coordinate adjustments in its presence in Afghanistan with its Nato allies, says US special representative Zalmay Khalilzad.

The assurance follows media reports that Nato allies were upset with Washington for not involving them in the Afghan peace process, which includes a series of meetings between US and Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar.

Mr Khalilzad, the US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, heads the American team in …. Read More on Dawn

Artifacts and tears: Afghans confront emotional costs of war – The Christian Science Monitor

A veteran of Afghanistan’s endless wars, Kabal Shah can only wipe away his tears when he frees his hand from one of his crutches, holding the metal support steady with the stump of his amputated leg.

Wearing a thick beard on his grizzled face and a wool shawl over his shoulder to ward off the late winter cold, Mr. Shah is part of the emotional outpouring at the opening of the Afghanistan Center for Memory and Dialogue – the first repository of four decades of victims’ memories to be systematically collected in the country.

The center is a project of the Afghan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO), which since 2009 has sought to foster … Read More on The Christian Science Monitor

The Limits of India’s Soft Power in Afghanistan – Fair observer

In the shifting sands of the power play unfolding in Afghanistan, New Delhi remains a mere spectator.

The latest round of US negotiations with the Taliban in Doha has garnered considerable international attention, with the group’s co-founder, Mullah Baradar, leading the insurgent team. As the search for an end to the long war in Afghanistan has intensified, prospects of a quick-fix solution through peace negotiations by major powers like the US and Russia has left India in a quandary. New Delhi’s policy of unconditional support provided to the Afghan government is hitting a roadblock as Kabul is being increasingly sidelined not only in these externally mediated peace negotiations, but also in the internal reconfiguration that is taking place in the light of the ongoing negotiations and the upcoming …. Read More on Fair Observer

Trump envoy is selling out Afghanistan in Taliban peace talks: senior Afghan official – NBC News

A top Afghan government official on Thursday blasted the Trump administration’s peace talks with the Taliban, accusing a U.S. presidential envoy of shutting out the Kabul government and betraying the trust of a close ally.

“We don’t know what’s going on. We don’t have the kind of transparency that we should have,” Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan national security adviser, told reporters during a visit to Washington.

Asked if President Donald Trump’s envoy for reconciliation in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, was consulting the Afghan government …. Read More on NBC News

Senior Afghan official accuses US envoy of ‘delegitimizing’ Afghan government – CNN


(CNN)A senior Afghan official on Thursday accused the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation of undercutting the Afghan government in ongoing peace talks, suggesting it could be an effort to propel the envoy’s own political ambitions.

Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib said that special representative Zalmay Khalilzad had been “stonewalling” the Afghan government on the ongoing bilateral US-Taliban negotiations, the most recent round of which wrapped up this week in Doha.

He accused Khalilzad of legitimizing the Taliban and decreasing the legitimacy of the Afghan government during the …. Read More on CNN