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U.S., Taliban Qatar Talks Continue Focus on Two Key Issues

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(Last Updated On: March 3, 2019)

The United States and the Taliban representatives continued their highest-level negotiations yet on foreign troop withdrawals and counter-terrorism on Sunday, sources close the peace negotiations said.

 The Taliban sources said that the U.S. and Taliban officials were close to reaching into a preliminary draft of peace agreement.

 The sources added that both sides still debating on American troops’ withdrawal and a guarantee that Afghan territory will not be used for hostile acts against the U.S. and its allies.   

“They [Americans] want more time for troop pullout and evacuation of [military] bases, while the Taliban ask for U.S. withdrawal in short space of time. They didn’t reach into an agreement on this issue yet,” a source close the peace negotiation said.  

Earlier, sources told Ariana News that the U.S. officials have proposed a plan to the Taliban which upon the U.S. will leave Afghanistan over the next three to five years.

However, Taliban representatives have not agreed on the plan and asked for U.S. withdrawal within six to 12 months.

“If foreigners don’t leave Afghanistan and don’t reach into an agreement in this regard, all of the ongoing peace efforts will be failed and talks will not yield results,” a second Taliban source said.

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UN defers decision to give IEA govt a seat in general assembly

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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

A special UN committee has ruled that Afghanistan’s seat in the UN General Assembly should not be given to the new Afghan government for now.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen, who is the IEA’s nominated UN ambassador, said in response to the announcement that “this decision is not based on principles and justice because it has taken away the legitimate rights of the Afghan people.

“We hope that in the near future this right will be handed over to the representative of the Government of Afghanistan at the United Nations so that the problems of the Afghan people can be solved more effectively and efficiently and we can have positive interactions with the international community.”

This comes after a UN committee on Wednesday deferred a decision on who will represent Afghanistan and Myanmar at the United Nations.

Rival claims were made for the seats of both countries with the IEA and Myanmar’s junta pitted against ambassadors appointed by the governments they ousted this year.

UN acceptance of the IEA or Myanmar’s junta would be a step toward the international recognition sought by both.

The nine-member UN credentials committee, which includes Russia, China and the United States, met at UN headquarters to consider the credentials of all 193 members for the current session of the UN General Assembly.

Several diplomats had told Reuters that the committee was likely to defer its decisions on the representation of Afghanistan and Myanmar on the understanding that the current ambassadors for both countries remain in those seats.

While the committee chair, Sweden’s UN Ambassador Anna Karin Enestrom, told reporters the decisions had been deferred, she declined to comment on whether the ambassador appointed by the former Ashraf Ghani government for Afghanistan would still represent their countries.

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Clash between Afghan and Iranian forces was a misunderstanding: Mujahid

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Clashes between Iran’s border forces and Afghanistan’s Islamic Emirate (IEA) forces in Nimroz province have ended and were attributed to a “border misunderstanding”, IEA officials said on Thursday.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, said that a clash broke out between Afghan and Iranian security forces in the border area of Kang district in Nimroz province on Wednesday, but has now been brought under control by both sides.

He added that in order to prevent a recurrence, IEA officials have given the necessary guidance.

The IEA also said that no casualties were reported by either side.

Although the Iranian government has had generally good relations with the IEA, there have been longstanding tensions along the border, which has active smuggling routes and thousands of refugees crossing every day, Reuters reported.

The Afghan foreign ministry meanwhile said on Thursday that the dispute along the border in Kang district, “ended with the efforts of border officials, and efforts will be made to prevent such incidents from happening again”.

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IEA delegation hold talks with envoys from 16 countries in Doha

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan(IEA) delegation led by Afghan acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Wednesday met in Doha with 16 designated ambassadors and representatives for Afghanistan to discuss security, humanitarian, economic, political, and health issues.

Spokesman for the foreign ministry, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, said that during the meeting all sides appreciated the progress made around security, but stated Afghanistan urgently needed more humanitarian aid and health assistance.

“The IEA assured them of security, pledged to cooperate in delivering aid and called on all countries to reopen their embassies in Kabul to assess realities from up close and to open a new chapter of positive relations,” Balkhi tweeted.

According to Balkhi, representatives of the following countries attended the meeting: Germany, Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Italy, South Korea, EU Commission, Spain, US, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Australia, UK, and Japan.

Meanwhile, Balkhi said that in a separate meeting Muttaqi met with Indonesian ambassador Ridwan Hassan in Doha to discuss bilateral cooperation and political issues.
At the meeting the Indonesian ambassador showed willingness to cooperate regarding Afghanistan’s political and humanitarian situation, adding the two countries should have close relations.

The ambassador also expressed optimism about reopening the Indonesian embassy in Kabul soon, Balkhi said.

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