Conflict resolution and economic development in Afghanistan will be some of the main priorities of Uzbekistan's foreign policy in 2019, the president said.
The capital's population has more than doubled in a generation and is draining its aquifers almost twice as fast as precipitation can recharge them.
Iran hosts 15-20 local Afghan journalists every year for training courses, a programme that has effectively become a platform for Tehran to increase its influence in Afghanistan, participants say.
In Kandahar, the southern cradle of the Taliban, and in the eastern cities of Khost and Jalalabad, they marched holding placards saying: 'No War', 'We want ceasefire' and 'We want Peace'.
ANDSF have freed almost 34 villages from the Taliban's grip and are supporting popular uprisings to help maintain long-term security in Ghani Khel District.
The operations have killed dozens of Taliban members and have cleared more than 30 villages of insurgents.
Al-Qaeda says ISIS members are unable to understand Islamic texts and are bent on carrying out treason and treachery wherever they have influence. The same however could be said of al-Qaeda.
Afghan officials suggested the latest bombing appeared to be an attempt to derail the burgeoning peace process, vowing that it would not go unanswered.
In previous years, the intensity of operations against the Taliban faded during the winter, but this year the Afghan government has decided there will be no lull.
'Iran uses every possible option to maintain its influence in Afghanistan and interfere in our internal matters,' a Kabul observer said.
The admission of official talks between Iran and the Taliban by a senior official underscores Iran's continuing malign influence in Afghanistan.
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