April 17, 2021 08:36 (IST)
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US, NATO announce troop withdrawal; Ghani says respect decision

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he respected the US decision to withdraw US and NATO troops from Afghanistan, adding the government will continue to work with the US and the NATO allies for peace efforts, reported TOLOnews.

As Biden sets new 9/11 withdrawal deadline, India invited to Afghan peace meet in Istanbul

India has been invited to an Afghanistan peace conference in Turkey to back up the slowed down negotiations in Qatar between the Taliban and the Kabul government ahead of a delayed US withdrawal from that country, according to diplomatic sources.

UN and partners announce Afghan peace summit will convene in Turkey this month

New York: The UN together with Turkey, and Qatar, announced on Tuesday that a high-level conference aimed at ending decades of conflict in Afghanistan will go ahead beginning on 24 April, bringing together representatives of both the Afghan Government and the Taliban.

Afghan reconciliation council proposes creating interim govt for 3 years: Reports

Moscow/Sputnik: The Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation has proposed a plan to restore peace in the country that prescribes the creation of an interim government for a period of up to 3 years, media reported on Sunday, citing a document.

Bangladesh offers development assistance to Afghanistan

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has offered assistance to Afghanistan for its development. The offer came during her meeting with outgoing Afghan Ambassador Abdul Qayom Malikzad.

Afghanistan: Car bomb explosion near Kabul kills 3, injures 12

Kabul/Sputnik: An explosion in Paghman district near the Afghan capital of Kabul killed three and injured 12 on Sunday, a source in Kabul police said on Sunday.

Pakistan postpones card renewal exercise for Afghan refugees

Islamabad: The Pakistan government and UNHCR have temporarily postponed the commencement of the “Documentation Renewal and Information Verification Exercise” (DRIVE) for Afghanistan refugees, media reports said.

Afghanistan: Herat blast leaves 2 dead 

Herat: At least two security forces members died when a blast hit Herat’s Rabat-e-Sangi highway in Afghanistan on Thursday, media reports said.

India, Pakistan at Afghan peace conference in Dushanbe

India has been supportive of all diplomatic efforts being made to accelerate dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban, including the intra-Afghan talks, said Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

US leaving Afghanistan by May 1 deadline ‘dangerous’ - House Armed Services Chair

Washington/Sputnik: Trying to keep former President Donald Trump's May 1 deadline for a total US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is unrealistic and dangerous, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said at virtual panel discussion.

Unidentified gunmen kill three polio vaccination campaign workers in Afghanistan

Kabul: Unidentified gunmen allegedly gunned down three polio vaccination campaign workers in separate attacks in Jalalabad  city of Afghanistan on Tuesday, media reports said.

Comprehensive political settlement needed to end Afghan conflict: Pakistan foreign minister

Islamabad: There is no military solution to the Afghan conflict, and an inclusive, broad-based, and comprehensive political settlement was the only way forward to achieve peace in the war-torn country, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi conveyed to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Afghanistan: Car bomb blast Helmand leaves 2 soldiers killed, 4 Injured

Kabul/Sputnik/UNI: Two Afghan soldiers were killed and four others were injured as a result of a car bomb explosion at a security checkpoint in the country's southern province of Helmand, a security source told Sputnik on Monday.

Afghanistan's Ghani to attend Heart of Asia Conference during trip to Tajikistan

Kabul/Sputnik: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday will travel to neighboring Tajikistan, which is hosting the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process conference, the Presidential Palace said.

Taliban warns US against keeping troops in Afghanistan beyond May 1

The Taliban has warned the United States against keeping foreign troops in Afghanistan beyond 1 May, saying any stay beyond the deadline would continue violence in the country, reported TOLOnews.