Abdullah Abdullah says he participated at today’s ceremony of US-Afghanistan Joint Declaration as the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, but it will not affect his stance on elections. Speaking at a press conference after the announcement of a joint declaration between US, Afghan and NATO officials, CE Abdullah praised the efforts made by the US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad for Afghan peace process and urged all

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The European Union considers the conclusion of the Afghanistan-U.S. Joint Statement for Peace and the settlement between the U.S and the Taliban as important first steps towards a comprehensive peace process, with intra-Afghan negotiations at its core. EU in a press release said that it expects these Afghan-owned and Afghan-led negotiations to start without delay in an inclusive manner and aiming at a lasting

29 February 2020

The leader of Taliban group, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada in a message said that no official or individual of the group nor anyone from the general public must violate the terms of Peace agreement with US and everyone must deem it an obligation. After the signing of the peace agreement between US and Taliban, the group’s leader in a message said, “The accord about the

29 February 2020

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has welcomed the successful conclusion of a seven-day period of reduced violence, which is expected to lead to the start of intra-Afghan negotiations. “All stakeholders must now look to make genuine and concrete steps toward ending the war,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. “Intra-Afghan negotiations are central to the peace

29 February 2020

A member of the Taliban's office in Qatar, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai says that the peace deal is a historic day for Afghanistan after nearly two decades of war, and that "the US guaranteed that 5,000 prisoners would be released before the intra-Afghan talks. Afghan Taliban leaders are expected to sign a peace deal in Doha in the upcoming hours with the United States

29 February 2020

The National Security Adviser (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib says there are some provisions in US-Taliban peace deal which the Afghan government disagrees. Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace, Mr. Mohib said, “The US-Taliban deal includes some provisions which the government opposes. The Taliban insist to mention the name of group as “Islamic Emirate” which should be the ‘Tehrik-e Taliban’.” In the meantime, Mohib declared that

29 February 2020

Afghan Acting Defense Minister, Asadullah Khalid says the US-Taliban peace agreement which will be signed in the upcoming hours is conditional. The acting defense minister told reporters that if the conditions are violated by the Taliban, it will also be possible that the deal would be canceled. According to Khalid, the decrease in the number of foreign

29 February 2020

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday that Pakistan wants a “responsible withdrawal” of US troops from Afghanistan. He made the comments in Doha, where he was invited to witness a peace deal between the United States and Afghanistan. “It’s an important day,” Qureshi added. “Hopefully it will set the tone for peace and stability in Afghanistan.”

29 February 2020

The State Secretary of Norway Foreign Affairs Ministry, Audun Halvorsen has expressed his country’s readiness to host the Afghan intra-Afghan talks. The Afghan Executive Office in a press release said that Mr. Halvorsen made the remarks in his meeting the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in Sapidar Palace. According to the press release, Audun Halvorsen has come to Afghanistan to be alongside of the Afghan people

29 February 2020

UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Gareth Bayley has expressed hope that the current Reduction in Violence will soon become a full comprehensive and a permanent ceasefire in Afghanistan. Speaking in Doha ahead of US-Taliban meeting for signing a peace deal, Mr. Bayley declared that the desire of all Afghans is to see a ceasefire and an end to the violence. “I don’t think

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