It has been more than nine years since I resigned in protest over the escalation of the Afghan War from my position as a Political Officer with the US State Department in Afghanistan. It had been my third time to war, along with several years of working in positions effecting war policy in Washington,...
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, who is on a six-nation trip to discuss the Afghan peace process said Tuesday while meeting with EU and NATO partners in Brussels that their shared purpose is to reach a peace agreement and not a withdrawal agreement.
President Ashraf Ghani travelled to eastern Nangarhar province at the head of a high-level delegation on Sunday, an official said.
NATO heads of state and government would meet in London at the end of the year, the alliance chief said on Wednesday.
The Taliban entered a second day of unprecedented talks Wednesday with powerful Afghan politicians in Moscow, sidestepping the Kabul government as it pursues a leading stake in the war-torn country.
A top U.S. general said on Tuesday that talks between the United States and Taliban were in their “very, very early” stages and the Afghan government, so far excluded from talks, would have to be part of the solution.
The Taliban deputy chief negotiator, Salam Hanafi, also said that after the US announces a full withdrawal, the Taliban will negotiate with the Afghan government, according to reporters in Moscow.
The Taliban say they will participate in what they call "intra-Afghan" talks in Moscow among prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai and tribal elders — but no Kabul government officials.
India is preparing for any eventuality in Afghanistan by being in regular touch with key political stakeholders in the war-ravaged country and with the other nations including key regional powers that want stability there, according to senior officials.
Those are former president Hamid Karzai, Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, executive chief of Jamiat-i-Islami party Ata Mohammad Noor, Hizb-e-Wahdat leader Mohammad Mohaqiq, former deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai, senior Jamiat member Ismail Khan, former defense minister Shah Nawaz Tanai ...
The Taliban are expected to meet with the Afghan opposition leaders in Moscow in the coming days, a development that could further undermine the government of President Ashraf Ghani, which has found itself excluded from the talks seeking an end to the 17-year war.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces would not accept transient peace.
Hundreds of US troops are set to return home from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, an American TV channel reported.
Trump’s perception of Iran, China and Russia as foes of the US could complicate regional diplomacy on Afghanistan.
Afghanistan has said that peace talks being hosted by Russia next week will not help the peace process and that Moscow should respect an Afghan-led and owned peace process, amid reports that the Taliban have refused to meet with Afghan government representatives at the meet.
Iranian Ambassador to China, Keshavarz Zadeh has said that the withdrawal of the US troops from the Syria and Afghanistan will bring security to the region.
Iran envoy to the International Contact Group meeting on Afghanistan expressed support for peace process led by Afghan government.
The United States should have also delineated some stringent ‘red-lines’ that the Afghan Taliban would have to adhere to, unconditionally for sustaining a peace dialogue with the United States.
A quick US troop pullout will fuel violence and bloodshed in Afghanistan, High Peace Council head Omar Daudzai fears.
A spokesman to the president’s administration has quoted president Ghani as saying that if someone thinks he can force Ashraf Ghani to sign another Gandamak treaty, he is wrong.