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Afghanistan peace Process Inches An Important Stage, Says Khalilzad

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(Last Updated On: December 19, 2019)

Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy for Afghanistan peace, said that Afghanistan is near to a very important stage of its peace process.

After the peace talks were resumed in Qatar, Khalilzad went to Pakistan and talked to them on how to bring a ceasefire, and how Pakistan can contribute to Afghanistan peace. Eventually, Khalilzad came to Kabul and had meetings on ‘Ceasefire’ and ‘Peace Agreement’ with Afghan leaders including Ghani, Abdullah, and other leaders.

“We discussed how to reduce violence and provide opportunities for ‘Intra Afghan Talks’,” said Khalilzad.

He also added in a tweet, “We are inching an important stage in Afghanistan Peace Process. We also had productive discussions for two days in Kabul.”

Khalilzad also had meetings with John Bass, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, and General Scott Miller, the US army general. Efforts to reduce violence and ways to smooth the path for peace talks were the main themes of these meetings.

Meanwhile, the main theme of Khalilzad’s meeting with Ghani was how to bring ‘Ceasefire’. Both sides agreed that the ceasefire is a must before the peace agreement.

It is expected that Khalilzad will return to Qatar to restart the peace talks with the Taliban which was resumed after the attack on the Bagram Airbase.

 

 

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Biden defiantly defends Afghanistan exit, makes ‘no apologies’

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday firmly defended the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he makes no apologies.

Addressing a press conference, Biden said: “I make no apologies for what I did.”

His administration drew criticism for the way troops were withdrawn and the sudden collapse of the previous government.

Biden suggested Wednesday there was nothing else that could have been done to bolster Afghan allies.

“Raise your hand if you think anyone was going to be able to unify Afghanistan under one single government,” he said.

“It’s been the graveyard of empires for a solid reason. It is not susceptible to unity.”

He also suggested it was not the responsibility of the U.S. to fix Afghanistan’s challenges, The Week reported.

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Pakistan played major role in peace, stability of Afghanistan: Arif Alvi

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan played a major role in the peace and stability in Afghanistan and that Islamabad made sure Kabul was not isolated.

Alvi said in a media interview, that during the recent Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit he told its members that Pakistan saved Afghanistan from being isolated.

He also stated that during the extraordinary meeting of the foreign ministers of OIC in Islamabad, Pakistan, in December, he portrayed the actual picture of the war-torn country.

He also said the world has recognized Prime Minister Imran Khan’s initiatives.

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ILO estimates underscore Afghanistan employment crisis

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

Job losses in Afghanistan following the change in administration in August 2021 totaled more than half a million in the third quarter and may reach 900,000 by mid-2022, according to new estimates released by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

According to the ILO, the estimated 14% loss by mid-2022 reflects workers pushed out of employment due to the change in administration and ensuing economic crisis as well as restrictions on women’s participation in the workplace.

The total number of hours worked in the Afghan economy is estimated to have dropped by 13% in the third quarter of 2021 compared to a hypothetical scenario with no change in administration.

The ILO said key sectors have been devastated since the collapse of the former government including agriculture, the civil service and the construction industry which have all seen large-scale job losses or workers go unpaid.

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