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India, US discusses perspective of Afghan peace talks

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: India has briefed the visiting United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad about its policy in the South Asian neighbour and Pakistan’s role in the region.  Khalilzad met Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday and foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale on Friday.  Ministry of External …

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Iran says its engagement with Taliban aimed at helping Afghan peace

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Taliban are seeking peace with the Afghan government and Iran is helping the process to promote stability and peace in the country, the secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran told (IRNA) on Monday. ‘Iran is peace-seeking and has no domineering intentions,’ said Ali Shamkhani …

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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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