Category Archives: Reconciliation Recent Developments

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

Kuwait expresses confidence in achieving peace, stability in Afghanistan – Menafn

(MENAFN – Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) NEW YORK, March 12 (KUNA) — Kuwait expressed confidence in the international and regional groups involved in the Afghanistan peace process, including the important role of the United States special representative for reconciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad with his negotiations to contribute to unity and achieve national reconciliation with all Afghan parties, said a top Kuwaiti diplomat late Monday. 

This came during a speech, delivered by Kuwait’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, to a UNSC session on ….. Read More on Menafn

Pakistan says ‘progress’ made at Taliban-US talks in Qatar – 660 City News

DOHA, Qatar — Pakistan’s foreign minister says “progress has been made” at ongoing peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the U.S. that have stretched over two weeks.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke on Tuesday at a news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Islamabad.

Qureshi didn’t elaborate, though he added: “Pakistan has encouraged all factions within Afghanistan to sit together and have a meaningful intra-Afghan dialogue.”

The talks between U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives have gone on days longer than initially expected in …. Read More on 660 City News

Pakistan wants ‘responsible’ withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan: FM Qureshi – Business Recorder

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi Tuesday said that being an important stakeholder in Afghan peace process, Pakistan wanted a ‘responsible’ withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

He was addressing a joint press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas, who arrived here earlier today to hold discussions regarding regional peace and situation in Afghanistan.

Qureshi told media that he apprised Maas on the post Pulwama situation and the steps Pakistan had taken to deescalate the situation.

He said that Pakistan had been saying for long that Afghan issue could only be resolved through dialogue and we are glad that now … Read More on Business Recorder

Everyone Wants a Piece of Afghanistan – Foreign Policy

President Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan has given new life to the quest for a political settlement after 41 years of war, including over 17 directly involving the U.S. military. According to both U.S. government and Taliban sources, negotiations between the two sides have led to agreement on the outline of a framework for a deal in which the United States would withdraw troops and the Taliban would guarantee that any future government in which they participate would cooperate with international efforts against terrorism. The Taliban will have to disavow al Qaeda explicitly for the first time.

The U.S. government is negotiating directly with the Taliban because Washington has finally accepted that there is no better military option.
The U.S. government is negotiating directly with the Taliban because Washington has finally …. Read More on Foreign Policy

Success of Afghanistan Peace Process Will Depend on International Support for Local Efforts, Special Representative Tells Security Council – ReliefWeb


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Positive Actions Rather than Violence Against Innocents Must Prove Taliban Commitment, Says National Security Adviser

As ongoing direct talks between the United States and the Taliban further open the door for peace in Afghanistan, success will ultimately depend on aligning such efforts with those led by the Afghan people, the senior-most United Nations official in that country told the Security Council today.

“I stress the imperative need for the Taliban to directly talk with the Government,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, Special Representative of the Secretary‑General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The centrality of Afghanistan in the peace …. Read More on ReliefWeb

Leaders Defend Legacy On Women’s Rights; Urge Dignified Peace – Tolo News

President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said the consensus which has emerged around peace in Afghanistan is unprecedented and that his administration still believes in achieving a “dignified” peace with the opponents. 

“Lasting peace is the aspiration of a majority of the people of Afghanistan. Peace is a national process, but not ethnic, political or racial. Peace belongs to all Afghans. Peace will not be sustainable if a layer of the Afghans remains away from the process,” said Ghani, who addressed a gathering on International Women’s day at the Presidential Palace.   

Ghani said the National Unity Government has implemented a large number of programs aimed at fostering the participation … Read More on Tolo News