Activists raised concerns about increased regional interference, saying that certain intelligence agencies do not want the Taliban to make peace with the Afghan government.
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.
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.
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.
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 delegation expressed Afghanistan's desire to work closely with Pakistan on finding a political solution to peace with the Taliban.
Besides denying girls access to schools, the Taliban hire their own teachers, monitor school attendance and provide their own curriculum.
Afghan officials have denounced recent statements by the Iranian foreign minister and the ongoing support from Iran to the Taliban.
Facing economic hardship and abuse in Iran, many Afghan returnees say they will 'never go back'.
Khalilzad, who met last month with Taliban representatives in Abu Dhabi, will travel to Afghanistan as well as China, India and Pakistan on his latest trip, which will last through January 21.
The growing ties between Iran and the Taliban represent tacit recognition of a militant group by Tehran, undermining peace efforts and Kabul's negotiating position.
Nangarhar residents favour the Afghan sweet made from sugar cane over the Pakistani variant.
The Taliban's total number of civilian casualties is about half the number reported by the United Nations and does not include the group's major terrorist attacks on civilian targets.
Local residents have begun to resume their normal lives after authorities took measures to ensure security.
The Taliban are divided and don't understand the true concept of jihad, said Mawlawi Abdul Haq, a former Taliban military chief in Badakhshan Province.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is providing life-changing services free of charge to Afghanistan's victims of war, officials and recipients of prosthetic limbs say.
Using their writings and drawings, almost 2,000 schoolchildren gathered in Herat City and shared their dreams for peace and called on the Taliban to end the war.
More than 60 women gathered in Herat city as part of the Peace Mothers initiative, a growing network of women from across the spectrum engaged in advancing the peace process.
Experts have expressed concern over a recent report that reveals Iran's attempts to extend its influence via media outlets.