Taliban envoy in Islamabad amid new peace push

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 03:35

A 17-month-old boy has been tested positive for poliovirus in southern Kandahar province, taking the number of polio cases so far this solar year to 14 nationwide.

Police arrested three people behind rocket attack on Indian embassy in Kabul late on Monday.

The Afghan government reacted at the informal talks with the Taliban group in Turkey saying the participants of the meeting do not represent the Afghan government.

President Trump: 'I am not a racist'

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:16

President Donald Trump has denied that he is racist, after a row broke out over his alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African nations.

The US President reportedly used the term last week during a bipartisan Oval Office meeting on immigration reform.

He has now told reporters: "I am not a racist. I'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed."

Colombia’s ELN rebel group must cease attacks and restart peace talks with the government to end more than a half-century of war, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday, amid renewed violence after the end of a ceasefire between the two sides.

President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday met with members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in Kabul where they discussed key issues pertaining to the country’s situation, Presidential Palace said in a statement on Monday.

“It was my pleasure to receive members of UN Security Council in Kabul yesterday (Sunday),” Ghani said in the statement. “We had a productive discussion about reforms, security, peace, reconciliation, regional cooperation, transnational terrorism and counter narcotics.”

The president also discussed the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections with the delegation.

Ghani shared with the UNSC members evidence of  training, financing and activities of terrorist groups, including Daesh, outside Afghanistan, the statement added.

The president said efforts are underway to improve relations with Pakistan but “there has been no sign of cooperation from Pakistan’s side”, the statement read.

President Ghani said he wants more pressure on Pakistan to ensure stability in Afghanistan. He said joint efforts are required to move forward the Afghan peace process.

He thanked the members of the UN Security Council for their support to Afghanistan in the past 16 years and thier commitments at the Warsaw and Brussels summits.

Ghani said Afghanistan has achievements in economic relations with Central Asian country, Russia, China and Iran.

He hailed the US President Donald Trump’s strategy for the South Asia and Afghanistan as a positive change for Afghanistan and the region.

At the meeting, Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan Ambassador at the United Nations, said the organization will support the people of Afghanistan to ensure peace, stability and development in the country, the statement said.

Umarov said the UN Security Council members’ visit to Afghanistan is amid at reviewing progress in different sectors in the country especially in the peace process, the statement said.

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, at the meeting said security and stability in Afghanistan is very important to the region.

She said the UN Security Council delegation visited Kabul to support Afghanistan.

Haley praised the Afghan security forces performance in the fight against terrorists, the statement said.  

She added that the United States is working with the people of Afghanistan and the US wants to see real reform and development in Afghanistan.

The delegation arrived in Kabul on Saturday and left early early Monday. 

According to the statement, the UN Security Council delegation included the ambassadors of United States, China, Britain, Russia, France, Sweden, Poland, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kuwait, the Netherlands and Peru.

 

The governor of southern Ghazni province on Saturday accused the Taliban of stirring up tribal disputes. However, the militant group rejected the allegation.

The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) on Sunday launched a report that said despite spending millions of dollars, the state of prisons in Afghanistan remained inhuman.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday said that NATO and its allies will be sending in more troops to Afghanistan to tackle what he described as the threats of the Taliban and other insurgents. 

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is calling for an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan.

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