U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad held meetings in Qatar to discuss the economic prosperity for a peaceful Afghanistan on Friday. Accompanied by U.S. International Development Finance Corporation CEO Adam Boehler, Khalilzad met development groups like the Qatar Investment Authority and Qatar Fund For Development and conferred on “the possibility of co-investing in Afghan projects to consolidate peace and unlock regional prosperity.” If

4 July 2020

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO supports the peace process that is Afghan-owned and Afghan-led. Answering at the launch of the outline of NATO 2030, the Alliance’s way forward, Stoltenberg said it was a little premature to talk about how Afghanistan’s security and stability would fit into it. “We welcome the agreement between the United States and Taliban, because that is the first

9 June 2020

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, met with the Taliban leaders is Qatar to review their implementation of the Doha Peace Deal’s conditions before they start intra-Afghan talks. Khalilzad was accompanied by General Scott Miller, the commander of international troops under NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen, who speaks for the political office in Doha, tweeted the details

8 June 2020

The U.S. State Department will remain committed to the intra-Afghan peace talks despite recent Taliban attacks. “We want to make sure that Afghanistan is never again a place where terrorists have safe harbour and can plan attacks on the United States,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told The Media Line in an interview. The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, is brokering

25 May 2020

Rising numbers of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, in blatant disregard of international laws aimed at protecting civilians from harm, underscore the urgent need for parties to halt the fighting and to re-focus on starting intra-Afghan peace negotiations, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a press release on Tuesday. UNAMA’s latest preliminary figures indicate a trend of escalating civilian casualties in

19 May 2020

US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is heading to Afghanistan and Qatar to push the Afghan government and Taliban to make progress on ending the conflict, the US State Department announced Monday. Zalmay Khalilzad departed on Sunday and will discuss with Taliban representatives in Doha a pact the US brokered with the hardline group to reduce violence "and press for steps necessary

19 May 2020

US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad says a new date for intra-Afghan peace talks is under discussion. Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Khalilzad said it would be best if intra-Afghan talks began while there is still a significant U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and that he would soon travel to push for a de-escalation in violence and the release of

16 May 2020

The Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan and Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov says President Ghani’s order to launch an offensive against the Taliban and the suspension of the release of Taliban prisoners will halt the process of launching intra-Afghan negotiations. "This is regrettable, because by his actions the head of the Kabul administration actually stalls the process

13 May 2020

Qatar has reiterated its deep commitment to achieving peace in Afghanistan, continuing its positive role and making efforts to facilitate peace talks between the parties in Afghanistan. This came during the participation of Qatari ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations, as a speaker at a virtual event organised by "Women Forward International" and Georgetown University,

11 May 2020

The Reporters Without Borders also known as Reporters Sans Frontier (RSF) have voiced concerns over the release of those Taliban prisoners, who have been behind deadly attacks against media workers. The organization said its researches showed that the Taliban have been insisting on the release of a notorious commander, Lailuddin, who has planned a deadly attack carried out in Zanbaq square of Kabul’s city.

9 May 2020