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Chief Executive Abdullah posted on social media that he net with the Ambassador of China Liu Jinsong.
The statement also added that the two talked about bilateral relations, peace efforts, elections, and regional relations.
A statement by the Qatar government confirmed that Qatar’s foreign minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman al-Thani had a telephonic conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The two discussed progress in Afghan peace process and Pompeo thanked Qatar for supporting the peace process.
Pakistani media reported that their Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to visit Turkey on Thursday in the coming week.
According to the reports, Khan will be meeting Turkish President Erdogan and discuss Afghan Peace Process with him.
This comes after Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is on a four-nation visit. Qureshi us currently in Qatar, and he has already visited Afghanistan, China and Russia.
A member of the security forces has been arrested on charges of misbehaving with a resident of Kabul city, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday in a statement.
According to the statement, a member of the security forces who had misbehaved with a resident of the city while being in possession of a police vehicle and security uniform, had been identified and arrested.
The Special Forces of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), stormed a military compound of the Taliban group in Karo Khel Village in Syedabad district, central Maidan Wardak province.
According to a statement released by the Special Operations Corps, at least ten militants were killed during the operation and the military compound used by Taliban was also destroyed.
The NDS Special Forces further destroyed four vehicles, three motorcycles, and some weapons which were used by the militants to carry out guerrilla attacks against the security forces.
The Taliban have rejected Kabul’s offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants, fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan, will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts, a Taliban leader told Reuters on Sunday.
The Taliban have refused to hold formal talks with the Western-backed Afghan Government.
Representatives from the Taliban, the United States and regional countries met this month in the United Arab Emirates for talks to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan.
“We will meet the U.S. officials in Saudi Arabia in January next year and we will start our talks that remained incomplete in Abu Dhabi,” a member of the Taliban’s decision-making Leadership Council told Reuters. “However, we have made it clear to all the stakeholders that we will not talk to the Afghan government.”
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also said the leaders of the group would not talk to the Afghan government.
The militants have insisted on first reaching an agreement with the United States, which the group sees as the main force in Afghanistan since U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban government in 2001.
Pakistani media has reported that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has now landed in Qatar for the Afghan peace process.
This is Qureshi’s part of visits to the region for discussions on bilateral ties as well as Afghan peace talks. He has visited Afghanistan, China and Russia so far.
The Ministry of Defense has reported that a total of 30 insurgents were killed as a result of air strikes in Faryab, Herat, Farah, Helmand and Uruzgan provinces.
19 insurgents were killed, 4 others were wounded, and 4 vehicles were destroyed as a result of a air strikes in Dawlatabad and Qaisar provinces of Faryab Province.
In Uruzgan, 5 insurgents have been killed in an air strike in the center of Uruzgan province.
The air strikes and clearing operations in Marjah and Lashkargah districts of Helmand killed 2 insurgents, 7 enemy strongholds were demolished, with 11 mines discovered and defused.
Finally, as a result of air strikes in Shindand district of Herat and Khak-e-Safid district of Farah province, 4 insurgents had been killed, and 3 vehicles were destroyed.
The Pakistani Army has completed fencing of the first 482km along the Durand Line, in areas related to Khyber Pakhtunkha, according to Pakistan’s media.
Pakistan forces have been fencing the border since last year as part of the new border management policy but the task is challenging as the terrain is difficult.
Due to trust deficit between the border sharing Afghanistan and Pakistan, several clashes have taken place between the forces of both countries along the border.