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Peace talks between government, Taliban negotiators underway in Doha



(Last Updated On: July 17, 2021)

Peace talks between Government and Taliban high level negotiators began in Doha, capital of Qatar on Saturday, both sides confirmed.

Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) said a military solution is not a solution to the country’s crisis and efforts for a political settlement should be accelerated.

“There is not a military solution to the Afghanistan problems. We should concentrate our efforts for political settlement to end the war and plan a better future for Afghanistan,” said Abdullah.

According to Abdullah both sides should show flexibility in the peace talks.

“Reaching peace needs flexibility for both sides. We believe that regional and international space has been provided for peace in Afghanistan,” added Abdullah.

Abdulah said that by continuing the war the people will sacrifice even more than what they already have.

“All of us know that Afghan people are victims of the current violence,” said he.

He also reiterated that this is a historic opportunity for peace in the country.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Taliban political deputy head, said that for the formation of an Islamic system personal interests need to be ignored.

“In order to achieve these goals a strong, central and Independent Islamic system is needed. In this case, selfishness, personal interest and personal motives must be avoided,” said Mullah Baradar.

Mullah Baradar added that it is necessary to work for national unity.

“We should end disbelief and distrust and work for national unity,” he added.

He also acknowledged that progress has not been made in the peace talks in the past 10 months.

Mullah Baradar said that Afghans should form a political system based on thoughts, beliefs and religion.

He added that Taliban want development but will not compromise on Islamic values.

“We want development, comfortable life, but will not compromise on Islamic values and independence. This is the voice that people know,” said Baradar.

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Uzbekistan calls on world not to isolate Afghanistan



(Last Updated On: September 26, 2022)

Uzbekistan has called on the international community to not isolate Afghanistan, stating this will have negative consequences for regional and international security.

Addressing the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Norov said: “We consider it extremely important to prevent the isolation of Afghanistan, leaving it alone with the existing problems. This will undoubtedly have negative consequences for regional and international security.”

He said his country was concerned about the decline in attention given to Afghanistan and that the international community’s priority should be the restoration of the country’s economy, its integration into interregional economic processes, and the implementation of infrastructure and socially significant projects.

According to Norov, the support of the UN, international financial institutions and donor countries is needed to solve these problems, Inoz Press reported.

“The establishment of the Interregional Center for Interconnectivity in Tashkent, proposed by Uzbekistan with the support of the UN, will also contribute to the solution of the problems of involving Afghanistan in regional trade and economic ties,” he added.

The minister also voiced Uzbekistan’s proposal to establish a special Humanitarian Support Fund for Afghanistan in the border town of Termez, the funds of which will be used to overcome the social crisis, implement educational programs for youth and projects in the field of healthcare.

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Saudi calls on Kabul not to allow the country to become a terrorist haven



(Last Updated On: September 25, 2022)

Saudi Arabia has asked the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) to not let the country become a sanctuary for terrorist activities.

Speaking at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud has called for the joint cooperation of all countries to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a center for the growth of terrorism.

“Afghanistan should not become a center for terrorist activities for the growth of terrorists; we should cooperate with this country to achieve lasting peace and stability and have a prosperous economy,” he said.

Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Minister, said that Afghanistan is moving from chaos to order, principles and legality, adding that the creation of an inclusive political framework and moderate policies can lead Afghanistan in the right direction.

“Afghanistan is in a critical transition from chaos to order, the right way forward is to put in place an inclusive political framework and adopt moderate policies,” Wang Yi added.

“The goal should be to resume economic growth and improve people’s lives with the fighting terrorism.”

In the meantime, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whose country is under severe international sanctions due to the military invasion of Ukraine, said that America has failed to bring peace and tranquility to the countries it has invaded.

“Washington erected itself into an almost envoy of god on earth without any obligation but only the sacred right to intervene wherever it wants and this can be done anywhere against any state,” said Lavrov.

The Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar meanwhile stated:
“There is no attention for terrorist activities, the United Nations must respond to terrorism by sanctioning its perpetrators, we support a collaborative, inclusive and consultative approach in international relations.”

“We consider dialogue and diplomacy as the only way out of problems.”

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has repeatedly stated that terrorist groups are not gaining a foothold in Afghanisitan and that in many instances it is third parties trying to give the impression that Afghanistan is the center of terrorism in the world.

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CIA unveils model of al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri’s hideout



(Last Updated On: September 25, 2022)

The CIA on Saturday revealed the model of a safe house used to brief President Joe Biden about the whereabouts of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri before it killed him in a drone strike in Afghanistan.

Shortly after al-Zawahiri’s death, White House officials released a photo showing Biden talking to CIA Director William Burns with a closed wooden box on the table in front of them, AP reported.

Now, the contents of the box — a model depicting a white-walled home with at least five stories and three partially obscured balconies — are on display at the CIA Museum inside the agency’s Virginia headquarters.

The museum is closed to the public and access is generally limited to the agency’s employees and guests. The CIA allowed journalists to tour the museum, newly refurbished in time for the agency’s 75th anniversary, as part of a broader effort to showcase its history and achievements, AP reported.

Most of the exhibits took years or decades to declassify. The al-Zawahiri model home is the rare artifact that had been used by intelligence officers just weeks beforehand.

Al-Zawahiri was killed in late July, nearly a year after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan ending a two-decade war in which the CIA had a central role.

The Biden administration has said the strike shows it retains what it calls an “over-the-horizon” counterterrorism capacity in Afghanistan, AP reported.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) have however said the US’s claims of having killed al-Zawahiri are simply allegations as they were not aware of his presence in Kabul.

Following the drone strike, the IEA launched an investigation into the incident. They also called on the US to provide them with evidence of his death.

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