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U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Enter Second Day in UAE

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(Last Updated On: December 19, 2018)

The peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban representatives aimed at arranging negotiations in Afghanistan were set for second day in the United Arab Emirates.

The three-day meeting in Abu Dhabi began on Monday, where the Taliban delegation met officials from, the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the UAE as part of the diplomatic moves to end 17 years of war in Afghanistan.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the Taliban officials told Reuters that the U.S. delegation was pressing for a six-month ceasefire as well as an agreement to name Taliban representatives to a future caretaker government as the peace talks between the sides entered its second day on Tuesday.

The officials said the Taliban, fighting to drive foreign forces from Afghanistan and bring in their version of strict Islamic law, were resisting a ceasefire as they felt it would damage their cause and help U.S. and Afghan forces.

“If these three countries – Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Pakistan – become guarantors and the U.S. appoints the head of a caretaker government in Afghanistan that we nominate, then we can think about a ceasefire,” one senior Taliban official told Reuters.

A team of Afghan government has reached Abu Dhabi to begin talks with the Taliban delegation, however, the Taliban has refused to directly negotiate with the team as the armed group considers Kabul government as “illegitimate”.

“The Afghan government is ready to begin negotiations with the Taliban with no preconditions, that is why the delegation is in Abu Dhabi now,” said Mujib Rahman Rahimi, Spokesman of the Chief Executive Office.

Previous the U.S. and Taliban delegations’ meetings were held in Qatar, where the Taliban maintains a political office, but a push to include Saudi Arabia, which is hostile to the gas-rich Gulf state, prompted a change of venue to Abu Dhabi.

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Two people killed in shooting at wedding party in Kabul

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At least two people killed as the result of a shooting at a wedding party in Kabul city on Friday night, police confirmed.

Kabul said in a statement that the incident took place at a wedding hall PD^15 of the city.

Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Interior Ministry said that the incident happened over personal disputes.

According to Arian, police have arrested the perpetrators, and an investigation underway about the incident.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses say that five people were killed in the shooting. 

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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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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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