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America Remains As Long As Taliban Decide to Join Peace Talks :Tillerson

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the American forces will remain in Afghanistan as long as the Taliban militant group has not decided to join a peace process and form a government that suit the needs of the culture of Afghanistan.

“It is about a commitment, a message to the Taliban and other elements that we’re not going anywhere,” speaking on US-India partnership at an American think-tank Secretary Tillerson said,” we’ll be [in Afghanistan] as long as it takes for you to change your mind and decide you want to engage with the Afghan Government in a reconciliation process and develop a form of government that does suit the needs of the culture of Afghanistan.”

The top U.S. diplomat added that as Washington implements President Trump’s new South Asia strategy its relations with Islamabad is based on Pakistan own merits.

“Our relationships in the region stand on their own merits. We expect Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups based within their own borders that threaten their own people and the broader region. In doing so, Pakistan furthers stability and peace for itself and its neighbors, and improves its own international standing,” Tillerson urged.

Now the U.S. Secretary of State also believes that Afghanistan’s issue is a regional issue and it can be solved by addressing regional challenges. Tillerson says Afghanistan issue needs Pakistan sincere efforts to stabilize itself, Afghanistan and the region.

“We think that is achievable and we can have a stable, peaceful Afghanistan. And when that happens, a big threat is removed from Pakistan’s future stability as well, which then creates a better condition for India-Pakistan relationships,” he concluded.

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Afghanistan Coronavirus updates: 85 new cases, total 34,451

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Afghanistan has recorded 85 new Coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the lowest number in daily cases in the last two months.

In a daily COVID-19 update released on Sunday, the Ministry of Public Health said the cases were reported in Kabul (14), Herat (18), Kandahar (5), Bamyan (20), Nangarhar (4), Takhar (10), Kunduz (3), Badakhshan (8), Wardak (1), Laghman (1), and Kunar (1).

It brings the total infections to 34,451 in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, 16 Coronavirus patients have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total fatalities to 1010 in the country.

According to the updates, the death cases were registered in Kabul (12), Herat (2), and Kandahar (2).

The Health Ministry further said that 81 patients have recovered and fully discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours.

So far, 21,216 people have recovered from the virus in Afghanistan since the first COVID-19 case was detected in Herat about four months ago.

There are 12,684,409 cases tested positive worldwide, with 564,506 deaths and 6,981,170 recoveries.

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Roadside mine blast kills six civilians – Ghazni

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At least six civilians were killed and eight more wounded in mine blast in central Ghazni province, a local official confirmed.

Wahidullah Jumazada a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that the incident happened after a vehicle carrying civilians hit a roadside mine in the Jaghato district of the province.

The incident has taken palace in Dare Qyaq area – people call it valley of death where Taliban militants have a huge presence – of Jaghato district on Saturday afternoon.

Jumazada said that the Taliban had planted the mine in which “six civilians including women and children were martyred and eight others wounded.”

He added that all wounded individuals were taken to the hospitals.

The Taliban militant group has not made a comment about the incident yet.

The Taliban fighters reportedly frequently target civilians and government employees Dare Qyaq of Ghazni to show their presence in the Jaghato district.

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Afghan forces push back Taliban attack in Faryab, killing 14 militants

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The Afghan forces have pushed back the Taliban attack in Faryab province, the Afghan military said.

In a statement released on Sunday, the 209 Shaheen Corps said that the militants attacked the Afghan security and defense forces in the Dawlatabad district of the province on Saturday afternoon.

According to the statement, the attack faced “fierce resistance” by the Afghan forces.

At least 14 Taliban militants including Haji Naasir, the Taliban designated district chief’s father – for Shirin Tagab – were killed in the clashes, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the group’s red unit commander Mulla Zaqawi along with 10 insurgents were wounded in the incident.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment on the matter.

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