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    Qatari FM discusses peace talks with Taliban  

    15 March 2021

     KABUL: Amid renewed diplomatic push for Afghan peace, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani met and discussed recent developments in the intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of Taliban’s political office.

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    Moscow supports US proposal on interim set-up 

    13 March 2021

    KABUL: Moscow has expressed support for the Taliban’s integration into a potential interim government in Kabul, ahead of hosting a conference on Afghanistan.

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    Afghan peace summit in Turkey to be held by March: Sources 

    10 March 2021

    KABUL: Sources close to the Taliban say the planned UN-led conference on Afghan peace in Turkey might occur on March 27; however, US sources have not yet confirmed the meeting date.

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    Troop withdrawal might be revisited: US senate 

    10 March 2021

    KABUL: The US deadline for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan may have to be reconsidered, according to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, citing that Taliban insurgents are not honoring any of their commitments under the Doha Agreement.

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    US suggests a fresh proposal for advancing peace talks 

    7 March 2021

    KABUL: In a letter addressed to Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken offers four recommendations for the Afghan peace process following the seeming deadlock among the Afghan negotiating sides. 

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    Khalilzad in Doha to hold talks with peace negotiators 

    6 March 2021

    KABUL: Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, has met the republican negotiating team in Doha and is supposed to deliver the message of ‘participatory administration’ to the Taliban insurgent group. 

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    Taliban Emirate's return ‘unacceptable’: Russia tells Afghanistan

    1 March 2021

    KABUL: Russian officials in a meeting with Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar have reiterated their country’s support for the Afghan peace talks, stressing it was too early to remove the Taliban from the blacklist.

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    Biden administration dispatches Khalilzad for talks with Taliban

    1 March 2021

     KABUL: The new U.S. administration has dispatched seasoned Diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, to the Middle East to restart peace negotiations with the Taliban, the State Department notified on Sunday. 

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    New Zealand withdrawing troops from Afghanistan by May  

    17 February 2021

    KABUL: As the international community is in a dilemma on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan based on the US-Taliban peace deal, New Zealand, for one, has decided to wrap its military mission in Afghanistan by May 2021.

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    Wilson condemns targeted killings in Afghanistan

    16 February 2021

    KABUL: Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, applauded the recent report of UNAMA on the targeted killings of human rights defenders and journalists in the country while condemning the increased targeted attacks in Afghanistan.