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Khalilzad, Afghan Leaders Push ‘Intra-Afghan’ Dialogue

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(Last Updated On: April 28, 2019)

President Ashraf Ghani met with U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad at the Presidential Palace on Saturday and discussed the peace process and stressed the need for intra-Afghan talks, the Presidential Office said in a statement.

According to the statement, Khalilzad briefed President Ghani and other Afghan government officials on what he will be pursuing in his forthcoming visits and endeavors in regards to Afghanistan reconciliation.

“Both sides insisted on reviving the intra-Afghan dialogue, and considered it a prelude to starting direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah met with Khalilzad on Sunday and assured him of the Afghan government and the people’s readiness to support the peace process, Abdullah’s office said in a statement.

According to the statement, Khalilzad also briefed Abdullah on the outcome of his recent trips and meetings with envoys of E.U., Russia, and China to create international and regional consensus on the Afghan peace process.

Abdullah welcomed the creation of international “Consensus” on the Afghan peace process including the contribution of the E.U., Russia, and China.

“The two sides emphasized on comprehensive Intra-Afghan talks, an international and regional consensus for supporting the Afghan peace, joint fighting against terrorism and continuing efforts for lasting peace in Afghanistan,” the statement added.

It comes as Khalilzad held a trilateral consultation meeting with Chinese Special Envoy Deng Xijun, and Putin’s Representative Zamir Kabulov in Moscow on April 25, 2019, where they reached a “consensus” on the Afghan peace process.

Meanwhile, a Consultative Jirga on Peace is due to be organized on April 29 in the capital Kabul where around 3,000 people from all walks of society will come together to discuss peace and reconciliation with the Taliban insurgent group.

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Ghani orders establishment of new council to empower Afghan women

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President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday signed a decree to establish is High Council for Women aimed at empowering Afghan women.

“President Ashraf Ghani, in accordance with the national constitution, issued a decree to establish the Women’s High Council,” the president’s office said in a statement.

According to the statement, the Council will be led by Ghani and will focus on “women empowerment ensuring women’s rights.”

“The Council will be led by H.E the President and will focus on women empowerment, ensuring women’s rights, increasing coordination with our international partners, and better policy execution,” the statement said.

Based on the decree 26 representatives from different sectors of society will be members of the Council.

“Based on the decree, including the female deputy provincial governors, women advocates, and civil activists, 26 representatives from governmental entities and non-government organizations will be the members of the Council,” read the statement.

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Historical Takhar school gutted in blaze

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The historical Abus Osman Taloqani High School in Takhar province was believed to have been intentionally set on fire on Thursday, local officials confirmed.

Abu Osman Taloqani High School, in the provincial capital Taloqan, was destroyed in the blaze.

Currently about 3,000 students are registered at the education facility.

Footage on social media Thursday showed how chairs, desks, documents, and books inside the building were completely destroyed.

Takhar education officials have not yet commented on the incident and no group or individual has claimed responsibility for setting fire to the school.

The Taliban, however, denied any involvement in the incident, saying that the group had nothing to with the fire at the school which is located close to police and NDS headquarters in Taloqan.

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Kapisa police official killed in Taliban attack

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Taliban militants gunned down an Afghan police official on Thursday in Parwan province, a local official confirmed.

Abdul Shayiq Shurish, a spokesman for Kapisa police told Ariana News that Suliaman, the battalion commander of Kapisa police brigade, was killed by the Taliban at around 9 a.m. Thursday in Sayad village of Parwan.

Meanwhile, a clash broke out between the Afghan forces and the insurgents in Shaker village in the Tagab district of Kapisa at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Shurish said, at least two local army soldiers were killed and another one was wounded in the battle.

Four civilians including women and children were also injured in the clash, he added.

Shurish claimed that the Afghan forces have inflicted casualties on the Taliban, saying that details yet to be determined.

The Taliban yet to comment on the incidents.

It comes as the intra-Afghan talks are expected to start next week in Doha, where the government and the Taliban delegations would negotiate a political settlement for ending the conflict in the war-weary country.

The government negotiating team is expected to negotiate a comprehensive ceasefire in the first round of talks.

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