Afghanistan envoy briefs skeptical lawmakers on peace talks

Politics 05/22/19, 19:24

An envoy to Afghanistan was met with skepticism Wednesday on Capitol Hill as he briefed lawmakers on peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the 17-year war. Lawmakers were tight-lipped as they left the classified meeting with special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, but the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, ...

Taliban: Fresh round of talks with US peace envoy starting

Asia & Pacific 05/01/19, 03:44

The Taliban say a fresh round of talks with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is to start in Qatar, where the religious movement maintains a political office.Khalilzad is trying to negotiate an end to Afghanistan's 17-year war, America's longest military confrontation. He was in Pakistan on Tuesday.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid ...

Afghan official blasts US talks with Taliban

Asia & Pacific 03/14/19, 18:46

Afghanistan's national security adviser is blasting U.S. reconciliation talks with the Taliban. Hamdullah Mohib on Thursday accused the Trump administration of alienating the Afghan government, legitimizing the Taliban and crafting a deal that will never lead to peace. His blunt remarks to reporters at a morning briefing at the Afghan Embassy prompted ...

Q&A: After marathon Afghan talks, is peace at hand?

Asia & Pacific 03/13/19, 08:59

The longest direct talks ever held between the United States and the Taliban concluded this week with both sides citing progress toward ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, but many questions remain unanswered. The Taliban are negotiating from a position of strength: They effectively control half the country, and President Donald ...

Longest US-Taliban peace talks see ‘progress’ in Qatar

World 03/12/19, 12:47

The longest peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end America's 17-year war in Afghanistan concluded Tuesday night in Qatar, with both sides saying progress had been made. The nearly two weeks of talks produced two draft agreements between the militants and the U.S. government on a "withdrawal timeline ...

Senior Taliban leaders in Qatar for talks with US envoy

World 02/25/19, 03:11

Senior Taliban leaders, including one of the group's founders, were to hold another round of talks Monday in Qatar with Washington's special peace envoy as U.S. efforts intensify to find a negotiated solution to Afghanistan's 17-year war, America's longest.The Taliban, some of whom arrived in Doha, Qatar's capital, from Pakistan ...

UN: Last year saw highest number of Afghan civilian deaths

Asia & Pacific 02/24/19, 02:33

More civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year than in any of the previous nine years of the increasingly bloody conflict, according to a U.N. report released Sunday, which blamed the spike in deaths on increased suicide bombings by the Islamic State group and stepped up aerial attacks by U.S.-led ...

Powerful political leader warns against squandering peace

Asia & Pacific 02/20/19, 14:27

A prominent Afghan political leader who once had the support of some officials to lead Afghanistan's negotiating team with the Taliban, warned the president Wednesday against squandering the best opportunity at peace in more than 17 years of war. In an interview with The Associated Press, former Cabinet minister Ismail Khan ...

NATO weighs future of Afghan mission, seeks to support talks

Europe 02/14/19, 03:28

NATO defense ministers are discussing the future of the alliance's operation in Afghanistan and how best to use its military presence to support political talks aimed at ending the conflict. Frustrated with America's longest war, U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to pull out troops, raising doubts about NATO's training ...

Taliban name negotiating team ahead of new talks with US

Asia & Pacific 02/12/19, 09:24

The Taliban on Tuesday announced a 14-member negotiating team ahead of talks this month with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been meeting with the insurgents to try to end America's longest war. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai will head the Taliban team, which includes five former inmates of the U.S. prison ...

Trump’s Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with Taliban

Politics 02/10/19, 12:25

The special U.S. envoy for Afghanistan is returning to the country after stops in Europe and the Middle East for an extended diplomatic tour aimed at pushing a Trump administration peace initiative. The State Department says Zalmay Khalilzad (ZAHL'-may kah-LEEL'-zahd) will spend the rest of February traveling to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, ...

US peace envoy says talks with Taliban far from finished

Politics 02/08/19, 14:54

The Trump administration's peace envoy for Afghanistan says that although his talks with the Taliban have produced a tentative "framework" agreement, the negotiations have a long way to go to achieve peace. Zalmay Khalilzad (ZAHL'-may kah-LEEL'-zahd) said Friday that there is time to make a final deal before Afghanistan's presidential election ...

Afghan leader speaks with Pompeo amid fresh peace efforts

Asia & Pacific 02/06/19, 07:06

Afghanistan's president spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late Tuesday in an apparent bid to reassert his authority as Washington accelerates its negotiations with the Taliban and as separate talks unfold in Moscow without the government's involvement. In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump ...

Taliban to take part in ‘intra-Afghan’ talks in Moscow

Asia & Pacific 02/04/19, 02:31

The Taliban said Monday they will participate in what they call "intra-Afghan" talks in Moscow designed to bring together prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai, opposition figures and tribal elders — but no Kabul government officials. The two-day meeting in the Russian capital, which starts Tuesday, is seen as ...

Taliban say they are not looking to rule Afghanistan alone

Asia & Pacific 01/30/19, 09:04

The Taliban said Wednesday they are not seeking a monopoly on power in a future administration in Afghanistan but are looking for ways to co-exist with Afghan institutions — the most conciliatory statement to date from the militants. The statement came amid intensified U.S.-led efforts to resolve the long-running Afghanistan war. ...

President Ghani assures Afghans as US envoy reports progress

Asia & Pacific 01/28/19, 07:01

The Afghan president on Monday assured his people that their rights will not be compromised in the name of peace with the Taliban, days after the U.S. envoy tasked with resolving America's longest war reported significant progress in talks with the insurgents. President Ashraf Ghani's remarks came as U.S. envoy Zalmay ...

US envoy claims ‘significant progress’ in talks with Taliban

America 01/26/19, 13:58

The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan said Saturday that "significant progress" was made during lengthy talks with the Taliban in Qatar and that he was traveling to Afghanistan for more discussions aimed at ending the country's destructive 17-year war.Zalmay Khalilzad said on his official Twitter account that he wants to ...

Graham says he’ll ask Trump to meet Pakistan, Afghan leaders

Politics 01/20/19, 10:50

U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that he will urge President Donald Trump to meet with the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan so that they can devise a plan to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war, the U.S.’s longest military engagement. Graham spoke at a news conference in Islamabad after meeting ...

US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan after talks in Kabul

World 01/18/19, 12:28

U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistan's prime minister and other officials Friday as part of efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the 17-year bloody war in Afghanistan, officials said.The government released few details about Imran Khan's meeting with Khalilzad, saying he "reiterated Pakistan's commitment to facilitate ...

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