The U.S. special envoy on Afghanistan is on a mission to press Taliban negotiators in Doha and officials in India and Pakistan to support reduced violence, speeding up intra-Afghan peace talks and cooperating on the coronavirus pandemic, the State Department said on Wednesday. U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad’s trip comes amid concerns that surging Taliban attacks and the coronavirus pandemic could deal potentially fatal

7 May 2020

Pakistan while calling for sustained reduction of violence in Afghanistan, underlined the importance of inclusive political dispensation to help fortify the efforts needed by Afghan people to effectively confront the prevailing challenges. In a statement, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson said that Pakistan had consistently underlined the importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, which it deemed indispensable for peace and stability in the region

4 May 2020

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan and the United States are working to ensure peace in Afghanistan. He said all the parties were optimistic about long lasting peace in Afghanistan for the sake of the region. “Pakistan has played a key role for Afghan peace and we are continuing to work on the goal. The US acknowledges our role,” he told

27 April 2020

Since the signing of the US-Taliban peace agreement, 2,804 attacks have been carried out on Afghan security forces by the Taliban group, killing and injuring 789 civilians. “More than 2,700 Taliban insurgents have been killed and wounded by Afghan security forces since the US peace deal with the Taliban,” Javed Faisal, a spokesman for the Office of National Security Council (NSC)

26 April 2020

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has called on the Taliban to reduce violence and utilize the current opportunity for peace in Afghanistan. “The US and its NATO allies continue to call on the Taliban to decrease violence in Afghanistan to help create the conditions for intra-Afghan negotiations. Now is the time for all parties to embrace the opportunity to deliver a sustainable peace,” the

26 April 2020

Nicholas Kay, the NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan, and Pierre Mayaudon, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation in Afghanistan, in separate messages on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan have expressed hopes that Ramadan will mark an end to the ongoing war and violence in Afghanistan. “As Muslims here in Afghanistan and around the world prepare to celebrate the

25 April 2020

After days of silence, Zalmai Khalilzad, the US special envoy for Afghanistan’s reconciliation has finally welcomed the exchange of prisoners between the Afghan government and the Taliban on his Twitter page on Monday. “We welcome the release of prisoners by both the Afghan government and the Taliban,” Khalilzad wrote.  “The release of prisoners is an important step in the peace process

13 April 2020

While welcoming dialogue between Afghan government and Taliban on release of prisoners, a Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Friday hoped that all important items in the US-Taliban peace agreement could be steadily implemented. “China welcomes the meaningful and fruitful dialogues between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” Hua Chunying said while responding to a question about a discussion between technical teams from the Afghan government

4 April 2020

The UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and OIC UNAMA, Ingrid Hayden, in a briefing to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday said that it is heartening that despite the political impasse, the Afghan establishment have been able to agree on a diverse negotiating team. “UNAMA is urging all Afghan parties to work together to resolve their differences peacefully for the good

1 April 2020

The EU issued a statement on Tuesday welcoming an "agreement by political leaders on an inclusive negotiation team," calling it an "important step" towards intra-Afghan talks and towards a solution of the political crisis in Afghanistan. “The EU Delegation in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission based in Kabul welcome the agreement by political leaders on an inclusive negotiation team. This constitutes an

31 March 2020