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Qureshi Urges US to Remain Engaged in Afghanistan

Qureshi Urges US to Remain Engaged in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at an event Thursday hosted by a think tank in Washington, D.C. called on the United States to remain engaged in Afghanistan even if it eventually withdraws its troops from the country. Speaking at a discussion held by the Center for Strategic …

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US, Taliban Discuss Signing of Peace Deal: Shaheen

US, Taliban Discuss Signing of Peace Deal, Shaheen

DOHA – Negotiators from the United States and the Taliban have resumed talks in Doha and are discussing “the signing of the peace deal and a ceremony for it” over the past two days, a Taliban spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, said in a tweet early on Friday. Shaheen said that the …

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US Wants Taliban to Cut Ties with Iran: Hekmatyar

US Wants Taliban to Cut Ties with Iran, Hekmatyar

KABUL – The US has asked the Taliban to cut its ties with Iran and to agree to the presence of some US forces in Afghanistan after a potential peace agreement between the two sides, said Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the reconciled leader of Hizb-e-Islami, on Tuesday, ToloNews reported. According to the …

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Iran Invites Boeing to Investigate Ukrainian Airliner Crash

Ukrainian

TEHRAN – Iran has invited Boeing to participate in the investigation of a Ukrainian airliner that crashed earlier this week at a time of mounting tension between Washington and Tehran, killing 176 people on board, official Iranian media reported on Friday. The move came after Western leaders said the plane …

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Tehran Dialogue Kicks Off

Tehran

TEHRAN – Tehran Dialogue Forum; 23rd Persian Gulf International Conference’ opened in the Iranian capital on Tuesday morning with the participation of a number of foreign officials, ambassadors, and experts. Notable regional figures including Foreign Minister of Oman Yusuf bin Alawi and former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, as well …

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Germany Says Trump’s Iraq Sanctions Threat ‘Not Helpful

Germany

BERLIN – US President Donald Trump’s threat of sanctions on Iraq was “not very helpful”, Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday. The United States president had warned Baghdad could be hit by sanctions “like they’ve never seen before” if US forces were forced to leave. “I don’t think it works …

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Pakistan Offers Mediation in Middle East Crisis

Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has renewed its offer of mediation in the Middle East crisis and has reaffirmed its determination not to be part of any conflict in the region. It was the first time Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi contacted Tehran management after the January 3rd air strike in …

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US, Taliban Talks May Resume in Two Days

US, Taliban Talks May Resume in Two Days

KABUL – Talks between the United States and the Taliban will resume in two days, 1TV report said on Thursday. According to the report, the sides took pause from their renewed talks last month, which focused on ceasefire. The pause came following a suicide attack on a US base outside …

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Taliban Say They Have No Intention of Ceasefire

Taliban Say They Have No Intention of Ceasefire

KABUL – The Taliban said on Monday that they had no intention of declaring a ceasefire and rejected reports that its leadership had agreed to it. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that the United States had asked for a reduction in the scale and intensity of violence and that its …

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