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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Kabul (BNA) On the first day of his trip to Beijing the country’s (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi have discussed Afghan owned and Afghan-led peace process, regional security and bilateral relationship between the two countries, his office said the other day.
The NSA thanked the assistance of the government of China with Afghanistan in different areas and termed Beijing’s role vital in regional peace and stability.
Chinese foreign minister stressed over the Afghan led and owned peace process and added peace in Afghanistan may not be possible without direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.  The Chinese foreign minister reiterated his country’s support to Afghanistan in diverse fields, particularly in peace and reconciliation process.
 

Saturday January 12, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, addressing a gathering held to mark the country’s 15th constitution approval anniversary, said any move to hold peace meeting with the Taliban in the absence of the government was against national interests, his office said the other day.
According to BNA report, “No sign of the Taliban inclination for peace and change in the viewpoints of their supporters for peace has so far been seen,” said the CE asking all political parties and personalities to not enter peace deal with the militants, merely for their temporal interests. Emphasizing on a peace deal under the umbrella of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Chief Executive of the national unity government noted that any peace deal with the Taliban in the absence of the government, was against national interests.
The CE said review on the composition of the negotiating delegation was under discussion, but any peace deal out of the government’s framework, would yield nothing except desperation. Dr. Abdullah said he was also one of the government’s oppositions, but has never been intended to bypass the system. He also said that formation of a transitional government was not in the interest of the people and basically such a system’s creation was not practical. According to him, delay in the presidential election was for more transparency in the process and according to him, the peace and political reconciliation process had no role in delay of the presidential process.
 

Friday January 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in an interview to a local media outlet stated that Pakistan wants the Taliban to settle the 17-year-old conflict with the Afghan government and negotiate.
He further stated that if they do not “sit down and talk to each other, outsiders can do little to help them”.
Earlier, Pakistan facilitated a meeting between the United States and the Taliban in Abu Dhabi, where delegations from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were also present. Although the talks were said to be “productive and positive”, the Taliban did not change their position to hold talks with the Afghan government.
It was also reported that Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah criticized Taliban’s refusal to hold talks and said that as long as the two parties don’t negotiate, the solution of the conflict would remain a “pipe dream”. Another round of talks to build on Abu Dhabi meeting is expected later this month.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in an interview to a local media outlet stated that Pakistan wants the Taliban to settle the 17-year-old conflict with the Afghan government and negotiate.
He further stated that if they do not “sit down and talk to each other, outsiders can do little to help them”.
Earlier, Pakistan facilitated a meeting between the United States and the Taliban in Abu Dhabi, where delegations from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were also present. Although the talks were said to be “productive and positive”, the Taliban did not change their position to hold talks with the Aghan government.
It was also reported that Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah criticized Taliban’s refusal to hold talks and said that as long as the two parties don’t negotiate, the solution of the conflict would remain a “pipe dream”. Another round of talks to build on Abu Dhabi meeting is expected later this month.
Pakistantoday
Ansari

Thursday January 10, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The Afghan president’s special peace envoy has expressed hopes the war that has ravaged Afghanistan for over 17 years and cost the United States about $1 trillion will end in 2019.
Mohammad Omer Daudzai summed up his optimism in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, saying: “We are naming 2019 as a year of peace for Afghanistan.”
However, he cautioned there won’t be peace until the Taliban, who have held several rounds of talks with Washington’s special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, agree to direct talks with the Afghan government.
So far, the insurgents have refused.
Khalilzad is on a new tour of the region and will travel to India, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan. This time he isn’t expected to visit Qatar, where the Taliban have a political office.
Apnews
 

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