The contact groups of the Afghan government and the Taliban negotiators met in Doha on Wednesday after taking a two-day break. Media reports and televised interviews said the meetings lasted several hours and were aimed at finalising the procedural framework for the start of the actual talks. Al Jazeera said they had accessed the fourth and current version of the draft agenda of the

24 September 2020

President Ashraf Ghani urged the United Nations (UN), their international partners and allies to stay committed to the Afghan peace process since their role is “extremely important” as they hold talks with the Taliban to end the decades of conflict. In a pre-recorded speech to the General Debate of the UN General Assembly delivered on Wednesday, Ghani said the Afghan state and society has

24 September 2020

The level of violence in Afghanistan is unacceptably high and the U.S. expects further setbacks during talks said Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Tuesday. When facing Democratic lawmakers of the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, Khalilzad faced questions about the U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal and intra-Afghan negotiations. “By any measure, current levels of violence are too high,” Khalilzad said. “We know that

23 September 2020

President Ashraf Ghani addressed an event for International Day of Peace on Monday evening, and once again called on the Taliban for an immediate ceasefire and the continuation of talks without any interference because “peace is possible only through a political settlement.” "Today is the day we must accept each other and work together for a united Afghanistan," he said, adding that the government’s

22 September 2020

In the lead up to the Geneva pledging conference in November 2020, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) called for international support for Afghanistan during the “milestone event.” The ministerial-level pledging conference is being jointly organised by the UN and the governments of Afghanistan and Finland, and is schedule for Nov. 23-24 in Geneva. It aims to renew international and Afghan commitments to

16 September 2020

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News said that the military is on track for a full withdrawal of all American forces from Afghanistan by the spring of 2021. Speaking to Breitbart on his way back from the opening ceremony of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Qatar, Pompeo said troop withdrawal

15 September 2020

Amnesty International said on Wednesday that victims of the conflict in Afghanistan should have a voice during the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The global human rights organisation said that the victims’ demands for justice must be heeded during the negotiations which are set to begin in Doha, Qatar. Amnesty called on both negotiating teams and the Qatari hosts to include

9 September 2020

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is scheduled to visit Kabul in his latest five-nation trip to press for peace talks between the government and Taliban, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday. “Although significant progress has been made on prisoner exchanges, the issue requires additional effort to fully resolve,” the State Department said. The special envoy departed on July 24 and will

26 July 2020

The House of Lords launched an inquiry aimed at exploring the U.K’s diplomatic, military and aid strategy for Afghanistan on Friday. The upper house of the British parliament is “seeking evidence on the prospects for the implementation of the U.S.’ February 2020 agreement with the Taliban to withdraw forces from Afghanistan, talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, and the wider geopolitics of

25 July 2020

With representatives from 20 neighbouring and regional nations, along with international organisations, the Afghan government is set to host their third international conference on the peace process on Thursday. Representatives from Iran, India, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Egypt, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, the UAE, the U.S., the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the European Union, the United Nations and NATO are

9 July 2020