Diplomacy

Afghan government welcomes 'real strides' in US-Taliban talks

'Its clear all sides want to end the war,' said US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad.

US-Taliban negotiations in Doha take short pause after '3 solid days of talks'

Talks are expected to resume March 2 after a short pause for 'internal deliberations'.

'Now the work begins in earnest': Khalilzad kicks off fresh talks with Taliban

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a Taliban deputy leader and a co-founder of the group, have conferred for the first time.

Calls grow for Russia to pay restitution for Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

Russia should pay restitution to the Afghan people, rather than meddling in Afghanistan's internal affairs and supporting the Taliban, local officials and analysts say.

Moscow meeting shows Taliban's allegiance to Russian intelligence

The recent 'peace talks' were set up by Russia's intelligence service, not Afghans living in Russia, as the Kremlin tried to spin.

Khalilzad heads 6-nation tour to bring about intra-Afghan talks

The goal of the delegation to bring 'all Afghan parties together in an intra-Afghan dialogue', the US State Department said.

Afghans strongly oppose Moscow meeting

'Looking for peace in an enemy's home is not the right thing to do,' a religious scholar in Herat said.

Moscow meeting has no bearing on Afghan-Taliban peace process: Ghani

The meeting between Afghan opposition politicians and the Taliban in Russia 'is nothing more than a fantasy', President Ashraf Ghani said.

US remains committed to 'centrality' of Afghan government in peace talks

Head of US Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored the importance of reaching a Taliban-Afghanistan discussion.

Moscow meeting between Taliban, Afghan opposition seeks to derail peace process

A second meeting in Moscow -- this time between Taliban representatives and Afghan opposition politicians -- is yet another attempt by Russia to sabotage the peace process.

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