Indonesian President Joko Widodo proposed Friday the establishment of a committee of Islamic scholars from his nation together with others from Afghanistan and Pakistan to promote a peaceful settlement of the Afghan conflict.
US President Donald Trump said on Friday that America is committed to ensuring that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists and urged other nations to invest in their own defenses to make the world safer from rogue regimes.
The remarks by the former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad have attracted mixed reactions regarding the impasse between the government and Jamiat-e-Islami regarding Balkh political leadership.
A delegation from the United States is expected to visit Kabul amid a standoff between President Ashraf Ghani and ousted Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor, a source told 1TV.
The Public Health Ministry says the death toll in a suicide car bomb attack in Kabul has risen to 95, with 158 wounded in the deadliest insurgent attack in the country so far this year.
Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak has come under fire for allowing his brother to be introduced as deputy intelligence chief at the ministry on the same day of the Intercontinental Hotel siege.
The First Vice President of Afghanistan General Abdul Rashid Dostum says the attack on Intercontinental Hotel reveals security and intelligence failure.