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Pence says Trump ‘evaluating’ Afghanistan pullout

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Amid reports on a possible withdrawal of a “significant” number of US forces from Afghanistan, the US Vice President Mike Pence said Trump “is in the process of evaluating” whether to remove troops from Afghanistan. He made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Fox News. The …

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Iran says it promotes intra-Afghan dialogue

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Iranian President’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said that his country strongly supports peace and stability in Afghanistan, adding that Tehran’s talks with the Taliban are being held in coordination with Kabul. Before meeting with the Taliban delegation, we held talks with the Afghan government, Mahmoud …

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Pakistan’s FM in Qatar, disusing Afghan peace talks

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday arrived in Qatar following his 4-nation visits, where he would discuss Afghan reconciliation process and other regional issues. During his one-day official visit, Qureshi will hold meeting with Qatari leaders, Pakistani media reported. The officials are expected to exchange …

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Moscow, Islamabad discuss Afghan peace

KABUL: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday held a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on his trip to Moscow, his last stop on a whirlwind four-nation tour, according to a media report. The ministers talked about the revival of peace process in Afghanistan. They also discussed …

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U.S. general says still no orders on troop pullout

KABUL: The commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan Gen. Scott Miller has said that no official order regarding withdrawal of half of the U.S. troops has been received yet. In a trip to eastern Nangarhar province, Miller visited the Army’s Selab Military Corps and held …

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Riyadh vows continued effort for peace in Afghanistan

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A top Saudi diplomat says the oil-rich kingdom and the United Arab Emirates have worked hard to achieve success at the just-concluded Afghan reconciliation talks. Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, claimed Riyadh and Abu Dhabi had been able to …

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