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India calls for end to violence in Afghanistan

AT News KABUL: India calls for end of violence in Afghanistan and believes that ensuring the rights of all ethnic and religious groups could help a longtime ceasefire that would result in a lasting peace in the war-hit country. Indian Ambassador to the United Nations, T.S. Tirumurti, said Sunday that …

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Kabul seeks global pressure on Taliban sponsors

AT News KABUL: The government of Afghanistan wants the international community to look at and pressure the main centers of Taliban outside Afghan borders inside the Pakistani soil. Gholam Mohammad Ishaaqzai, Afghanistan’s newly-appointed ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that the UN and the Security Council need to declare …

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About 36.6% of children are malnourished

AT News KABUL: Findings from the Ministry of Health show that about 36.6% of children in Afghanistan suffer from chronic malnutrition. The ministry says 5 percent of children are severely malnourished and calls the death toll from the problem worrying. Meska is the mother of a six-month-old child, and says …

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US envoy urges inclusive Afghan talks

AT News KABUL: The US envoy to the United Nations has emphasized that the only way forward to peace in Afghanistan was meaningful talks with the participation of women and acceptance of an inclusive and elected government based on human rights values. At a UN Security Council meeting in New …

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‘Taliban will not gain international legitimacy through violence’

AT News  KABUL: The U.S. says that the Taliban will not gain international legitimacy through violence and force, warning the group to stop its series of attacks- which it has waged in on urban areas. The White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki cited the remarks in reaction to the assassination …

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US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad: Kabul, Taliban should negotiate formation of new govt

AT News KABUL: Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, says the Afghan government and the Taliban should discuss the architecture of a new government. According to reports, Khalilzad said on Tuesday that both the Afghan government and the Taliban should not repeat the mistakes made after …

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UN: Rising violence hinders graft fight

AT News KABUL: The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says in a report that intensifying of violence has slowed the Afghan government’s efforts to fight corruption, adding that although Kabul has taken positive steps in making laws for counter corruption. The UNAMA released its fifth annual report titling …

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Two ‘important sessions’ expected discuss Afghan peace in Qatar

AT News KABUL: Two “important regional and international sessions” are expected to be held soon in Qatar to discuss peace efforts in Afghanistan, foreign minister Hanif Atmar said. Atmar said that Afghanistan’s international allies have been called to attend the session, adding that Taliban should be barred from “barbaric attacks …

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Atmar calls for documenting of Afghan war crimes

AT News KABUL: Foreign Minister, Hanif Atmar wants the international community to document the ongoing war crimes in Afghanistan and investigate the perpetrators of the crimes. A statement issued Tuesday by the foreign ministry, said that Atmar shared his concerns over the war crimes in a meeting with Deborah Lyons, …

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Blinken warns Taliban against violence consequences

AT News KABUL: The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned the Taliban that Washington would not meet any of their demands if they continue violence and crimes. He said Tuesday that Taliban want international recognition, removal the names of their leaders from the UN blacklist and freely travels to …

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