The Biden administration’s top envoy to Afghanistan proposed forming a conference of Afghan and Taliban leaders to hammer out an interim government in a sign that the White House would like peace talks to move faster. The idea was proposed this week by Zalmay Khalilzad, the government’s top peace negotiator for Afghanistan, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new format would likely push aside a

6 March 2021

On the occasion of the 2020 Afghanistan Conference held in Geneva 23-24 November, President Peter Maurer of the International Committee of the Red Cross said ICRC has been working in Afghanistan for 33 years and knows the scars this protracted war continues to leave on millions. "In Afghanistan, we talk of peace, yet violence continues to kill, maim and displace. We talk of development,

24 November 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday in a meeting with Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, asked them to expedite discussions over peace talks as America prepares to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Pompeo stressed on a “significant reduction” of US troops and a political roadmap focusing on comprehensive ceasefire. In a separate meeting with the Afghan government and Taliban, the US

22 November 2020

Afghan Acting Foreign Minister, Haneef Atmar says peace with Taliban does not mean an end to international terrorism. Atmar who was presenting his plans as nominee of foreign minister to the lawmakers at the Parliament on Monday said there will be international terrorism even if the government and Taliban achieve peace. Atmar said one in four or five sides that are fighting the government is

16 November 2020

A general meeting of the Afghan government and the Taliban’s negotiating teams was held on Wednesday evening, amid rising violence in Afghanistan. Nader Nadery, spokesperson for the Afghan government’s negotiating team, tweeted that the heads and members of both delegations met, and the contentious issues were discussed. "The heads and members of both delegations discussed disputed issues and emphasized that the contact groups meet again

15 October 2020

Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, on Monday said that while peace talks have continued in Doha, violence has increased alongside. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Zamzam Foundation, a charity to support war victims and orphans, Abdullah said that historic steps have been taken for peace. “The talks are underway, the steps which are taken are preliminary and historic

13 October 2020

President Ashraf Ghani, speaking at the Centre for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) in Doha, said that the Afghan people must come first in the peace process and stressed on its inclusivity. Speaking on Tuesday evening, Ghani said the will of the people was fundamental to the peace process but to solidify it compassion, commitment and courage were needed. He made it clear that the

7 October 2020

On the second day of his visit to Islamabad, Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the high Council for National Reconciliation, met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday. According to Sapedar Palace, Abdullah and Khan discussed the peace process, and bilateral ties between the two countries among other current topics. The prime minister expressed his full support for the Afghan peace process and said he was

30 September 2020

Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, met Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, after arriving with a high-level delegation in Islamabad on Monday. Welcoming Abdullah in Pakistan, Qureshi said the visit “will open a new chapter in bilateral ties, further strengthen relations and forge a common understanding” on the Afghan peace process. Abdullah expressed his gratitude to Pakistani leadership for their

28 September 2020

The application of Hanafi jurisprudence during the peace negotiations will not cause differences between Shias and Sunnis in the country, said Taliban peace negotiator Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanafi in a video released on Saturday. Hanafi said that the peace negotiations are underway and they had met members of the Afghan government’s contact group several times. “In some cases, progress has been made, and in some

27 September 2020