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London meeting backs Afghan peace talks: Peace Council

AT-KABUL: The High Peace Council calls a meeting held by the International Contact Group on Afghanistan ‘hopeful and with achievements. The meeting was held on Thursday in London in which, from the Afghan government, Umer Daduzai, head of the council’s secretariat had attended. The US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad …

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‘More time needed for peace negotiations’

KABUL: The U.S. Department of Defense has said that peace negotiations between Washington and the Taliban are ‘encouraging’ but need more time to culminate into a substantial result. The U.S. acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday said the negotiators should be given time, describing the talks as encouraging. “Now …

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Indonesia reaffirms commitment to restore peace in Afghanistan

AT-KABUL: The government of Indonesia has reaffirmed commitments for bringing peace to Afghanistan. Special Envoy of Vice President of Indonesia for Afghanistan, Mr. Hamid Awaluddin said this in talks with the Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani. Mr. Awaludin reaffirmed his country’s commitments for bringing peace to Afghanistan and expressed his country’s …

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Italy’s pondering troops pullout from Afghanistan baffling

A-KABUL: Italy’s Foreign Minister said Tuesday that he is not informed of Defense Minister’s announcement over troop’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms that it was never informed of the intentions of the Minister of Defence, Elisabetta Trenta, before she released a statement to the press on …

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Exhibition on National Treasure from Afghanistan opens in China

AT-KABUL: The exhibition, “National Treasure from Afghanistan,” has opened at the Hunan Museum in the central Chinese city of Changsha, the sixth site of its China tour, and will run until March 29, said Chinese embassy in Kabul on Tuesday. The exhibit showcases 231 sets of cultural artifacts from the …

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China hosts conference on counterterrorism

KABUL: China hosted on Saturday an annual conference for the joint working group of the Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism (QCCM) in counter terrorism by Afghanistan-China-Pakistan-Tajikistan Armed Forces and Militaries. The four parties reviewed their counter-terrorism cooperation efforts under the QCCM framework over the past year and agreed on the …

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Second U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan this year

AT-KABUL: A U.S. service member have been killed on Tuesday in a firefight with the militants in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan—marking the second American soldier casualty in this year. The soldier was hit by small-arms fire in Uruzgan province in central Afghanistan, north of Kandahar, said military spokesman Col. Dave Butler.  The shooting …

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