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Atmar, Khalilzad discuss Afghan peace process: MFA

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(Last Updated On: January 8, 2021)

Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Afghan Foreign Minister has discussed the latest developments in the Afghan peace process with the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad. 

In a VTC meeting, which was attended by the U.S. Charge d’Affairs in Kabul Mr. Ross Wilson, the two sides exchanged views on the latest developments and challenges regarding the ongoing peace negotiations in Doha.

In a statement released on Friday, the MFA stated: “both sides discussed strengthening the international community’s support for the second round of peace talks… and continuing the joint efforts between Kabul and Washinton for the success of the peace process.”

MFA said that Atmar praised the Afghan-U.S. joint efforts for finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

US envoy, Khalilzad also welcome the second round of peace talks in Doha and assured the Afghan government of US support.

“Mr. Khalilzad assured the Afghan Foreign Minister of the United States full support to the Afghan peace process and Washington’s commitment to long-term cooperation in countering terrorism and promoting regional peace and stability,” read the statement.

This comes as President Ashraf Ghani reportedly refused to meet with Khalilzad on the grounds that the US wants an interim government to be formed – which Ghani is opposed to.

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Murderer publicly executed in Jowzjan

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(Last Updated On: February 26, 2024)

The Supreme Court has announced that a man, convicted of murder, was executed in northern Jowzjan province on Monday.

The court said in a statement that Nazar Mohammad had killed Khal Mohammad with a knife.

Nazar Mohammad was publicly executed in a stadium in Sheberghan, the capital of Jowzjan province.

This comes four days after two other murderers were executed in Ghazni province.

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UN Security Council to discuss appointment of special envoy for Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: February 26, 2024)

The United Nations Security Council is set to meet on Afghanistan on Monday to discuss the appointment of a special envoy for Afghanistan and the results of a recent international meeting on Afghanistan in Doha.

Naseer Ahmed Faiq, Chargé d’Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, said that in this meeting, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will present a report about the appointment of special envoy for Afghanistan and the recent international meeting on Afghanistan in Doha.

Security Council Resolution 2721 in December last year requested that the Secretary-General brief the Security Council on the outcome of consultations within 60 days.

But the Islamic Emirate emphasizes that Afghanistan is not in crisis and with the presence of the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country, there is no need to appoint a new representative.

“As for the special representative, the position of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is very clear and there is no need to appoint a special representative for Afghanistan,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, said.

“Afghanistan is a secure country and does not suffer from any crisis and needs international cooperation, but within the framework of the cooperation that existed before. In the presence of UNAMA, all issues between the United Nations and Afghanistan will be resolved.”

“There is no need for a special representative. They should cooperate with the people of Afghanistan. They should not prevent Afghanistan’s progress in the diplomatic field and should not consider Afghanistan a country facing a crisis,” Mujahid added.

The UN Doha meeting on Afghanistan was held last week. IEA declined an invitation to attend the meeting.

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Qatar announces release of Austrian detainee in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: February 26, 2024)

Qatari government has announced that an Austrian detainee has been released in Afghanistan, following Doha’s mediation efforts.

The Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Qatar, Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Saleh Al Khulaifi, expressed Qatar’s gratitude to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) for their cooperation in the release of the Austrian national.

He added that Qatar enjoys a strong bilateral relations with the Republic of Austria, and is delighted with the release of the national.

He affirmed that Qatar will continue to contribute its mediation efforts in the settlement of conflicts through constructive dialogue and peaceful methods to promote peace and stability in the region and the world.

The Austrian national has arrived in Qatar.

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