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NATO Reaffirms Its Firm Support to US Efforts for Afghan Peace

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(Last Updated On: June 5, 2019)

The NATO Allies and partners reaffirmed their firm support to the U.S. continued efforts towards lasting peace in Afghanistan, NATO said in a statement on Wednesday.

The U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Peace Zalmay Khalilzad and the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met at NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (5 June 2019).

Khalilzad briefed all 41 NATO Allies and Resolute Support Mission operational partners on his latest efforts in support for peace in Afghanistan, the statement said.

“Afghanistan remains NATO’s highest operational priority, and together with our operational partners, we remain committed to our goal of ensuring Afghanistan never again becomes a platform to export terrorism,” said the Secretary-General. “Ambassador Khalilzad has created a genuine platform for peace discussions, and this issue is now high up on the agenda of all Afghan political players and Afghan people in general,” he added.

“It is in the interest of our Afghan friends and in the interest of us all that these peace talks succeed. One essential condition for this success is that we are all on the same page and that we all push in the same direction to secure peace,” said Mr. Stoltenberg. He stressed that the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission helps create the conditions for peace, with training and funding for the Afghan security forces.

This comes a day after NATO Allies and partners confirmed their support to the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board, held on 04 June at NATO Headquarters.

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Regional consensus crucial to Afghan Peace Negotiations: SAARC

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(Last Updated On: September 25, 2020)

Foreign Ministers of SAARC member states have emphasized the importance of the regional consensus for the success of the Afghan Peace Negotiations (APN).

In the SAARC Information meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, which was held virtually on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Acting Foreign Minster Mohmmad Haneef Atmar thanked SAARC member-states for their support to the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

According to a statement released on Friday, Atmar called on the participating countries to extend necessary support to Afghanistan for achieving “a humanitarian ceasefire between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, based on the relevant UN Security Council Resolution.” 

“Atmar stressed that the humanitarian ceasefire would help enable relevant institutions of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to provide medical services to the affected communities living throughout Afghanistan,” the statement read.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of states in South Asia.

Its member states are Afghanistan, joined the organization in 2007, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

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Eight militants killed in Kandahar clash

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(Last Updated On: September 25, 2020)

At least eight Taliban militants were killed and 11 more wounded in a clash with the Afghan forces in southern Kandahar provinces, police confirmed.

The incident took place in Takhta Pul district of Kandahar province on Thursday night.

Kandahar police spokesman Jamal Nasir Barakzai told Ariana News that the clash started after dozens of insurgents attacked a security checkpoint of the Afghan Security Forces. 

Meanwhile, the Afghan forces have also sustained casualties in the skirmish.

Barakzai stated that three policemen were killed and four others wounded in the battle.

The Taliban yet comment in this regard.

The Taliban have increased attacks of the Afghan forces across the country.

At least 64 Afghan Security and Defense Forces (ASDF) members have been killed in several days of clashes in central Uruzgan province.

Uruzgan officials confirmed the incident, saying that the center of the Gizab district of the province has been under besieging by the Taliban militants for several days. As well as the insurgents have launched coordinated attacks on Dihrawood in the past two days.

The officials have warned that the two districts would collapse to the hands of the Taliban if the government does not send reinforcement.

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Gizab, Dihrawood districts in Uruzgan on verge of collapse: officials

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The center of Gizab district of Uruzgan province has been under besieging by the Taliban militants for several days, local officials said Friday. 

According to the officials, thousands of Taliban insurgents have launched offensives to capture Gizab and Dihrawood districts. 

So far, 64 security forces have been killed in the clashes with the militants in the Gizab district. 

The officials added that the casualties in the Dihrawood district yet to be determined. 

The local officials urged for immediate reinforcements and help, saying that both districts are on the verge of collapse.

Meanwhile, residents also said that the Afghan forces yet to evacuate the civilians from the frontline.

It comes as the Taliban have intensified attacks against the government forces across the country since the start of the peace talks in Doha.

Earlier this week, the Taliban militants had killed at least 28 Afghan National Defense and Security Force (ANDSF) members after they surrendered in Gizab district. 

The Taliban, however, had denied the claims and said the security forces were killed in a skirmish. 

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