Kabul: Two back-to-back international meetings are being convened in Qatar this week to press Afghanistan’s warring parties to resme upeace negotiations and reach a deal before the Afghan conflict spirals out of control. The diplomatic effort comes amid dramatic battlefield advances by Taliban insurgents even as the United States continues airstrikes in support of embattled Afghan government forces. It also follows last week’s warning

9 August 2021

Kabul: A US delegation led by Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday departed for Kabul, Doha and the region. A US inter-agency delegation, including the National Security Council, Department of Defense, and USAID members were part of the delegation, said the media note of the US Department of State. In Kabul, the delegation will meet with the Afghanistan government, other political

6 June 2021

Acting Defense Minister Assadullah Khalid stated that he is not confident whether the Qatar peace talks will lead to a positive outcome, saying the Taliban has no will to bring peace to Afghanistan. Speaking at the Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday, Khalid said if peace talks had not started last year, the defense and security forces might have had great achievements by now. “After

17 November 2020

Four days after the start of intra-Afghan talks, the Afghan government and Taliban negotiating team are holding the first general meeting on Tuesday. Nader Nadery, member and spokesperson for the government’s team, said that the contact groups of both delegations had met on Monday and “continued the discussion on rules and procedures and prepared to present it to the general meeting between two negotiating

15 September 2020

President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, chairperson of the High Council for National Reconciliation, met with the Afghan government’s peace negotiating team members as they prepare to leave for Qatar. The Presidential Palace said the meeting took place on Wednesday afternoon. “I am pleased that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has reached this critical stage of peace as a result of its

2 September 2020

The High Council for National Reconciliation said that with the process of prisoner exchange almost completed, the government’s negotiating team will be leaving for Qatar soon. Faraidoon Khwazoon, spokesperson for the Reconciliation Council, told Reporterly on Wednesday, that the government's negotiating team is completely prepared to travel to Doha and might travel to Qatar tonight or tomorrow. He stressed that the technical team of the

2 September 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

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 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reacted to the recent meeting of General Scott Miller, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, with the Taliban in Qatar. Speaking to reporters in a pre-ministerial press conference on Monday, Stolberg said he weclomes ‘that NATO’s Commander in Afghanistan, our top Commander in Afghanistan, Scott Miller, recently met with the Taliban and also the US envoy,

16 April 2020

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and US commander of international forces in Afghanistan Scott Miller met Taliban leadership in Doha on Monday to discuss the implementation of their agreement, the group said. "They talked about complete implementation of the Agreement as well as delay in the release of the prisoners," Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said on Twitter. "Violations of the Agreement

14 April 2020