Afghan Talks: A Road Leading to Peace?

By Mohammad Reza Bahrami, 26 SEPTEMBER 2020 Mohammad Reza Bahrami, Iran’s former ambassador to Afghanistan, writes that the US’s vision for peace in Afghanistan oversimplifies the situation. The preliminary preparations for the intra-Afghan talks are taking shape in Qatar, aiming to set the stage for the official negotiations that were called for in the US-Taliban agreement

Contact Groups in Doha Resume Talks on Procedural Rules

By Karim Amini, Tolo News 28 September 2020 Negotiators have said that no one can predict when these disagreements will come to an end. The contact groups from both sides of the Afghan peace negotiations have resumed their talks on Sunday after three days of delays. On Sunday evening, the contact groups from both two

Khalilzad: No Permanent Ceasefire from Taliban Until Settlement

By khalid Nikzad Tolo News 26 September 2020 The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said that the Taliban will not agree to a comprehensive ceasefire until there is a political settlement in place in the country. “The [Taliban] will not accept a ceasefire–comprehensive and permanent–until there is a political settlement. And that is

Official: Pentagon has started ‘prudent planning’ for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May

BY REBECCA KHEEL  The Hill 09/22/20 © Getty Images The Pentagon has started planning to have zero U.S. troops in Afghanistan by spring, though orders have not yet been issued for a full withdrawal, a Defense Department official said Tuesday. “I’d like to make it clear that [Defense Secretary Mark Esper] has not issued orders to reduce

As Afghanistan peace talks stutter, U.S. says violence levels too high

By Idrees Ali, Patricia Zengerle Reuters SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The level of violence in Afghanistan is unacceptably high and the United States expects further setbacks during talks, the Special Representative for Afghanistan said on Tuesday, as the Afghan government and Taliban remained far apart on even basic issues 10 days into talks meant to

Deep divisions as Afghan negotiators get down to details

By Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Hamid Shalizi Reuters 21 September 2020 KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan government and Taliban militants remain far apart on even the most basic issues a week into talks meant to end two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of people. The chasm, not just on the predictably thorny problem

After Trump Remarks, MoFA Confirms Govt Has Place in Talks; 3 Issues Holding Up Start of Doha Talks

By Sharif Amiry, TOLOnews Reporter 20 September 2020 US President Donald Trump said that the number of US forces in Afghanistan will be less than 4,000 in near future. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Afghan government has a place in the peace process, responding to recent remarks by US President Donald Trump who complimented

Deadly airstrike in Afghanistan kills at least 10 civilians, 30 Taliban fighters despite ongoing peace talks

Susannah George and  Sharif Hassan The Washington Post September 21, 2020 An A-29 Super Tucano aircraft was one of four delivered by the United States to the Afghan air force last week. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters) KABUL — While representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban talk peace in Doha, the sides continue to launch deadly attacks in

UN Security Council Welcomes Start of Intra-Afghan Talks

By , Tolo News 18 September 2020 The UN Security Council in a statement on Friday welcomed the start of intra-Afghan talks in Doha, saying it strongly reaffirms its commitments to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan. The direct peace negotiations between the negotiating teams of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and

Negotiators in Doha Struggle to Agree on Disputed Points; No Ceasefire Until Cause of War is Discussed: Taliban Spokesman

By Karim Amini, Tolo News 19 September 2020 A joint meeting between the negotiating teams of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban is expected on Saturday evening in Doha to resolve disputed points regarding rules and regulations of the peace talks, according to sources from the two teams.  The two sides have a disagreement

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