China acknowledges hosting Taliban’s chief peace negotiator for talks

China acknowledges hosting Taliban’s chief peace negotiator for talks

BEIJING: China on Thursday for the first time acknowledged that it recently hosted Afghan Taliban’s chief peace negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar for talks as part of its stepped-up efforts to enlarge its strategic role in Afghanistan and efforts to restore peace in the war-torn country. Mullah Baradar, one of the four top commanders who […]

US-Taliban peace talks paused for first day of Ramadan

US-Taliban peace talks paused for first day of Ramadan

Doha: Peace talks between the US and the Taliban were suspended for the beginning of Ramadan on Monday, with the two sides at apparent loggerheads over the key issue of when foreign forces might leave Afghanistan. The foes have spent much of the past week in a sixth round of talks in Doha aimed at […]

‘Significant progress’ on talks with Taliban, says US envoy

‘Significant progress’ on talks with Taliban, says US envoy

WASHINGTON: The US has made “significant progress” in its peace talks with the Taliban to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan, a top Trump Administration official has said. However, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, cautioned that nothing has been finalised yet. Afghanistan-born Khalilzad said this in a series of tweets after […]

US-Taliban talks: As hopes rise of a deal, what comes next?

KABUL: More than 17 years after the US invasion of Afghanistan, Washington and the Taliban appear closer than ever to some sort of agreement that could bring the insurgents to the table for peace talks. However with the withdrawal of US troops seen as part of the deal, fears are rising about what an American […]

Taliban says talks with the US enter fourth day in Qatar

Taliban says talks with the US enter fourth day in Qatar

Kabul: Negotiations between the Taliban and US officials in Qatar entered a fourth straight day Thursday, according to the insurgents, as the two sides pursue a potential deal to bring an end to Afghanistan’s 17-year conflict. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to AFP that “discussions are still ongoing”. “We will talk in detail later when […]

US confirms Taliban talks in Qatar

US confirms Taliban talks in Qatar

WASHINGTON: The United States confirmed Wednesday that its envoy is meeting in Qatar with the Taliban, seeking to negotiate an end to the Afghanistan war despite a new major attack claimed by the insurgents. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative on Afghan reconciliation, met Tuesday in the Qatari capital Doha with Taliban representatives, the State […]

At least 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base: Report

At least 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base: Report

KABUL: At least 65 people were killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on an Afghan intelligence base, security sources said Tuesday, raising the toll substantially from 12 announced previously. Militants detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at the training facility before gunmen arrived in a car and opened fire. “We took about 65 bodies out of […]

Pak, China discuss situation

Pak, China discuss situation

Beijing: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Chinese counterpart Tuesday and discussed the situation arising out of the US decision to pull nearly 7,000 troops from Afghanistan and resurgence of the Taliban in the war-torn country. Qureshi, who is on a three-day four-nation tour, arrived here Tuesday morning following his visit to Afghanistan […]

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