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US-Taliban talks – DAWN

A PUBLICLY acknowledged meeting between a US envoy and the Afghan Taliban is perhaps another sign that the US is, at long last, willing to acknowledge the political and military reality in Afghanistan.

Zalmay Khalilzad, a hawkish diplomat appointed as the US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation last month, has met with six Afghan Taliban leaders in Qatar, raising hopes that a meaningful peace and reconciliation process may be underway in Afghanistan.

While cautious optimism may be called for this time — and it is to be hoped the days and weeks ahead will bring more positive news — the long history of false starts and broken promises in Afghanistan should not be … Read More on DAWN

U.S. Officials Meet With Taliban Again as Trump Pushes Afghan Peace Process – NY Times

Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2009. Mr. Khalilzad, a former ambassador to Iraq, is on his first trip to the region since being appointed by the State Department last month to lead Afghan reconciliation efforts.CreditCreditRafiq Maqbool/Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — Seeking to inject new energy into the long-stalled Afghan peace process, the top American diplomat charged with helping find a way to end the war has met with Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, according to officials and a Taliban statement on Saturday.

The meeting on Friday between the American diplomat, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Taliban was the second that senior American officials have had with Taliban representatives in Qatar since the White House ordered direct talks this summer in the hopes of jump-starting the peace process. On Saturday, Mr. Khalilzad flew to Kabul …. Read More on NY Times 

Taliban Warns US Against Engaging with ‘Fake’ Insurgent Envoys – VOA News

FILE – Zalmay Khalilzad, seen in this March 2009 file photo, has been named a U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan.

The Afghan Taliban has warned the United States against meeting “fake” and “fraudulent” insurgent delegations, saying such contacts could “seriously harm any possible genuine process of dialogue.”

The Islamist insurgency issued the warning following media reports of meetings between American and unidentified “high-ranking” Taliban officials in Dubai and Bagram, the largest U.S.-run military base in Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the reports as completely false, and as rumors, saying neither any member of the insurgency nor any delegation visited Bagram …. Read More on VOA News

Khalilzad To Facilitate Peace Process Between Govt, Taliban – tolo news

In a memo to staff US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was confident in Khalilzad’s ability to execute the mission.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has officially announced the appointment of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad as Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation.

Pompeo said in a memo to staff on Friday that Khalilzad will lead US efforts to support, facilitate, and participate in a peace process between government and the Taliban.

“There is no one better suited for this duty than an expert diplomat like ambassador Khalilzad, who was born and raised in Afghanistan, and has previously served as the U.S. ambassador to …. Read More on Tolo News

Afghanistan on top of agenda in Qureshi’s forthcoming visit to United States – Dailytimes

ISLAMABAD: Officials in Pakistan have said that Afghanistan will be the main agenda of the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his forthcoming visit to United States.

U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit to Pakistan had invited Qureshi for follow up talks, as the U.S intends to initiate fresh efforts with Pakistan to press for a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, by staying in loop of Americans’ own initiative to reach out to the Taliban office in Qatar.

In his visit to United States, Foreign Minister will hold bilateral talks with Secretary Pompeo at the conclusion of his engagements in New York, where he will represent Pakistan …. Read More on Dailytimes

Afghanistan- China Welcomes Pak-Afghan Action Plan for Peace Talks with Taliban- menafn

(MENAFN – Daily Outlook Afghanistan) BEIJING: China on Tuesday welcomed Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s maiden visit to Afghanistan and expressed its backing for their action plan for peace and reconciliation talks with the Taliban.
Qureshi visited Kabul on Saturday during which he held a one-on-one meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and both the leaders agreed to join hands for peace and stability in the region.
Reacting to Qureshi’s visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that China commended the positive statements made by the two sides after the visit.
“China is a friend and neighbour to Afghanistan and Pakistan. We hope they can develop their relations in sound and … Read More on menafn

Turns, twists of Afghan peace process – Pakistan Observer

FOREIGN Minister Shah Mahmud Qureshi visited Afghanistan on September 15. Statement by the Foreign Office is quite optimistic about outcome. “He assured the Afghan leadership that Pakistan, along with other partners of Afghanistan, remained ready to play constructive role in facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and reconciliation. He underscored the importance of cooperation and coordination between the two countries in the areas of counter-terrorism and security and offered to train Afghan police and law enforcement agencies in Pakistani institutions”.
According to Indian Express, Dr Abdullah Abdullah has expressed optimism over Pakistan being able to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table with the US. In the meanwhile, Pakistan has closed … Read More on Pakistan Observer

Afghanistan’s Islamic Emirate Returns: Life Under a Resurgent Taliban – world politics review

Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan, May 27, 2016 (AP photo by Allauddin Khan).

In 1992, after groups of guerrilla fighters known as mujahideen succeeded in toppling Afghanistan’s communist government, which had been backed by the Soviet Union, they quickly turned on each other, kicking off a civil war. In response, a group of young clerics in the southern province of Kandahar took up arms themselves, promising to restore order and establish an “Islamic system.” The Taliban movement, as the clerics became known, spread rapidly across the south and east of the country until 1996, when they ousted the fractious coalition of mujahideen and conquered Kabul.

For the next five years, the Taliban governed most of Afghanistan. They extended their administration to all parts of the country under their control, which at the height of their power was about 90 percent …. Read More on world politics review