Diplomacy

Herat residents optimistic as efforts for peace continue

Herat residents optimistic as efforts for peace continue

Recent peace overtures -- involving the Afghan government, United States, Taliban and other international stakeholders -- have sparked hope among war-weary Afghans.

Afghan government delegation in Abu Dhabi for Taliban peace talks

Afghan government delegation in Abu Dhabi for Taliban peace talks

The government is preparing for 'a face-to-face meeting' with the Taliban, officials say.

Moscow 'peace conference' highlights Taliban infighting, Russian meddling

Moscow 'peace conference' highlights Taliban infighting, Russian meddling

A Taliban splinter group deemed the summit 'bogus' while Afghans from all sides rejected Russia's alleged aim to foster peace.

Iranian consulate stonewalls urban development in Herat

Iranian consulate stonewalls urban development in Herat

The Iranian consulate in Herat has refused to move its walls over the past three years, preventing the widening of the city's central street and causing traffic headaches for residents.

US envoy takes steps towards Afghan peace deal

US envoy takes steps towards Afghan peace deal

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad reportedly met with Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, to discuss ending the war in Afghanistan through negotiations, officials say.

Taliban fears exposed as Afghan, Pakistani ulema plan peace conference

Taliban fears exposed as Afghan, Pakistani ulema plan peace conference

The Taliban are spreading conspiracy theories in an attempt to undermine a meeting of religious scholars aimed at finding a solution to the war in Afghanistan.

Uzbek-Afghan co-operation gets boost with planned consulate in Termez

Uzbek-Afghan co-operation gets boost with planned consulate in Termez

The consulate will enable co-operation, help develop joint projects and attract investment, officials and business leaders say.

Abbasi's visit to Kabul signals new step in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations

Abbasi's visit to Kabul signals new step in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations

A unified front and stronger relations are necessary to fight terrorism and bring sustainable peace to the region, analysts on both sides of the border say.

Negotiate with Kabul or face the consequences, world powers tell Taliban

Negotiate with Kabul or face the consequences, world powers tell Taliban

By skipping a Tashkent summit on Afghanistan, the Taliban might have hurt their own cause, observers and participants say.

World powers declare unified support for direct talks between Kabul, Taliban

World powers declare unified support for direct talks between Kabul, Taliban

Despite repeated calls to participate in the Afghan-led peace process, the Taliban refused to attend the international conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.