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Islamabad Should Have Independent Policy Toward Kabul: Karzai

Islamabad Should Have Independent Policy Toward Kabul: Karzai

December 22, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday asked Pakistan not deal with Afghanistan based on its relations with the US and India. Karzai also said the federal system of government was ill-suited to Afghanistan.
Karzai discussed Pakistan-Afghan relations and the governance during an interview with local TV stations, a statement issued from his office ...

UAE, Britain Sign Agreement to Build Afghan Highway

UAE, Britain  Sign Agreement  to Build Afghan Highway

December 22, 2011

ABU DHABI - The United Arab Emirates and Britain signed an agreement on Tuesday to build an important highway in Afghanistan, the official WAM news agency reported.
It was signed by the UAE foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan and his British counterpart William Hague, who is on a one-day ...

German Minister Visits Troops in Kunduz

German Minister Visits Troops in Kunduz

December 22, 2011

KUNDUZ CITY - Germany's Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Wednesday met with soldiers from his country during a surprise visit to northern Kunduz province, an official said.
He discussed the current security situation in Kunduz with German soldiers, a German official at the Provincial Reconstruction Team ...

Taliban is Not Enemy: US

Taliban is Not Enemy: US

December 21, 2011

WASHINGTON - In an indication of a major shift in the American policy toward the Taliban, the Obama Administration on Monday said rulers of Kabul before 9/11 were not its enemies.
"Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That's critical," US Vice President Joe Biden told the Newsweek magazine in an interview. "There is not a single statement that the (US) President has ever made in ...

UNSC Welcomes Bonn Declaration on Afghanistan

UNSC Welcomes Bonn Declaration on Afghanistan

December 21, 2011

WASHINGTON - The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) welcomed the recently held Bonn conference and the international community's commitment to work together toward a "transformation decade" for establishing peace in ...

Afghanistan Appeals for Help with Reconciliation Talks

Afghanistan  Appeals for  Help with  Reconciliation Talks

December 21, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - The Afghan government on Monday appealed for international help to boost talks with the Taliban and other armed opposition groups.
At a United Nations Security Council debate on the war-torn country, Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister Jawed Ludin stressed the government's determination to pursue reconciliation efforts despite ...

Pakistan Should Talk more with Afghanistan: Karzai

Pakistan Should Talk more with Afghanistan: Karzai

December 21, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai is urging Pakistan to open up communications and create a one-on-one relationship with neighboring Afghanistan.
He said it's needed regardless of Pakistan's views about its rival, India, or its rocky ties with the U.S. Islamist insurgents use the border area to stage attacks in Afghanistan.
Karzai's spoke Tuesday in interviews with Afghan television ...

Mohaqiq Meets Turkish PM

Mohaqiq Meets Turkish PM

December 21, 2011

Istanbul: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister met Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, the leader of the People's Unity Party of Afghanistan, in Istanbul. Mohaqiq, who also chairs the Parliamentary Commission for Judicial Affairs, is in Turkey with an Afghan delegation to participate in the 738th anniversary of Moulana Jalaluddin ...

Afghanistan Should Not Be Allowed to ‘Slip-Back’: India

Afghanistan Should Not Be Allowed to ‘Slip-Back’: India

December 21, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - As international forces prepare to leave Afghanistan by 2014, India has said the global community has to ensure the war-torn country is not allowed to "slip-back" and called for political will to deal with terrorist safe havens outside Afghan ...

China Supports Peaceful Reconstruction

China Supports  Peaceful Reconstruction

December 21, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - China supports the peaceful reconstruction process in which Afghanistan is run and owned by Afghans, said Li Baodong, Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations on Monday. Li made the remarks while addressing a Security Council meeting on Afghanistan. He told the Council that the Bonn Conference held on ...

NATO’s Commitment Does Not End with Transition: Medley

NATO’s Commitment Does Not End with Transition: Medley

December, 20 2011

KABUL- NATO Senior Civilian Representative spokesperson Dominic Medley has said the alliance would not abandon Afghanistan and was remained committed to its partnership with the country.
In a statement issued from his office, Medley said the message was clear at recent Bonn Conference and the following meeting of NATO and ISAF foreign ministers in Brussels on Dec 7.
He said Afghanistan was moving in the right ...

US, Taliban Talks Reach Turning Point

US, Taliban Talks  Reach Turning Point

December, 20 2011

WASHINGTON - After 10 months of secret dialogue with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, senior US officials said the talks have reached a critical juncture and they will soon know whether a breakthrough is possible, leading to peace talks whose ultimate goal is to end the Afghan war.
As part of the accelerating, high-stakes diplomacy, the United States is ...

150,000 Students to Sit Entry Test this Year: Official

150,000 Students to Sit  Entry Test this Year: Official

December, 20 2011

KABUL - Nearly 150,000 students would take a higher education entrance examination this year and 100,000 of them would be enrolled in higher and semi-higher institutions, the Higher Education Ministry announced on Monday.
Up to 34,460 of the students having good results would be enrolled in higher education institutions, deputy higher education minister, Bari ...

Iran Temporarily Relaxes Afghan Vehicles’ Check: Alokozai

Iran Temporarily  Relaxes Afghan  Vehicles’ Check: Alokozai

December, 20 2011

KABUL - The issue of strict checking of Afghanistan-bound trade goods carrying vehicles by Iranian authorities has temporarily been resolved, an official said on Monday.
The relaxation resulted in calling off protests by Afghan drivers at a dry port in southwestern Nimroz province, second deputy head of Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) Khan Jan Alokozai told ...

NATO Insists Night Raids to Continue

NATO Insists  Night Raids to Continue

December, 20 2011

KABUL - Despite renewed objections from President Hamid Karzai, NATO on Monday said US-led forces will increasingly take the lead in night-raids, insisting not a single shot was fired in 85 percent of such operations.
A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said night raids remained the safest form of operations ...

UNDP to Support Economic Growth: Chhibber

UNDP to Support  Economic Growth: Chhibber

December 19, 2011

KABUL - The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ajay Chhibber, has said that economic growth was crucial for Afghanistan.
"Economic growth is crucial for Afghanistan and UNDP reiterates commitment to support the government to give that growth a human face so it benefits all Afghans," Chhibber said on concluding his visit ...

Taliban Ready to Open Political Office: Arsala

Taliban Ready  to Open Political Office: Arsala

December 19, 2011

KABUL - The Taliban are willing to open an office in an Islamic country, a step towards holding face-to-face peace talks with Afghanistan, a member of the Afghan government's team of negotiators with the group said on Sunday.
After a series of failed attempts at talks by Afghans and their ...

No One will Interfere in Afghan Peace Talks: Rasoul

No One will  Interfere in Afghan  Peace Talks: Rasoul

December 19, 2011

KABUL - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zalmai Rasoul, on Sunday said that no party will take part in peace talks with the Taliban without the agreement of the Afghan government.
Speaking at a press conference, Mr Rasoul said that in order to pursue peace talks, an office to host the Taliban will be opened either ...

Taliban Must Be Part of Any Afghan Solution: Qatar PM

Taliban Must Be Part of Any Afghan Solution: Qatar PM

December 19, 2011

DOHA - The Taliban must be part of any resolution to the Afghanistan conflict, Qatar's premier said on Saturday after Kabul recalled its ambassador to the Gulf state in protest at being left out of talks over the opening of a Taliban office there.
"A solution in Afghanistan requires the participation of the ...

US Military Wants Troops in Afghanistan After 2014

US Military Wants Troops in Afghanistan After 2014

December 19, 2011

KABUL - US military and diplomatic officials are putting together a new strategy that will commit American troops and money to Afghanistan after 2014, the National Journal reported.
The strategic review is being prepared in advance of a NATO summit in Chicago next May, a key gathering for securing financial and political ...

EU to Start Homework on Strategic Pact with Kabul

EU to Start  Homework on Strategic  Pact with Kabul

December 19, 2011

KABUL - The European Union would soon start homework on a long-term strategic cooperation agreement with Afghanistan, the President's Office said on Sunday.
The EU special representative for Afghanistan, Vygaudas Usackas, who met President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on ...

Afghans Still Don’t Have Personal Security: Karzai

Afghans Still Don’t Have  Personal Security: Karzai

December 18, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan has achieved political stability, yet Afghans still do not feel personally secure in their daily lives, President Hamid Karzai said in an interview to be aired on Sunday.
"The international coalition and the Afghan government have been able to provide, in the past 10 years, political stability to Afghanistan," Karzai said on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS. "But we have not been able — the United States, NATO and Afghan government together — to provide the Afghan people with their ...

US Supports Afghan Govt.-Led Peace Process: Crocker

US Supports Afghan  Govt.-Led Peace Process: Crocker

December 18, 2011

A 50 percent of the security responsibility would be transferred to Afghan forces by March 2012, the US envoy said, calling the development a great achievement for Afghans.

To a question about the possible setting up of a Taliban office in Turkey or Saudi Arabia, Crocker said holding talks with the rebels was the job of the Afghan government and his country was ready to help the ...

Scant Use of Law Protecting Afghan Women: UN

Scant Use of Law Protecting Afghan Women: UN

December 18, 2011

KABUL - A landmark law aiming to protect Afghan women's rights by criminalizing acts like child marriage and rape is only being used to prosecute a small number of cases, the United Nations said Wednesday.
The Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law was enacted in 2009 but Afghan courts have turned to it for just over 100 cases, often ...

Govt. Agrees to Taliban Office

Govt. Agrees to Taliban Office

December 18, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan government has agreed to the opening of an office for Taliban negotiations either in Kabul or in another Islamic country.
President Hamid Karzai met with key Taliban leaders and agreed to open an office, Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for the president, told ...

National Front Wants Taliban Office Confirmed

National Front  Wants Taliban Office Confirmed

December 18, 2011

KABUL - The Afghanistan National Front, a coalition of various political parties, on Saturday said it would welcome the setting up of an office by the Taliban for peace talks only when it was confirmed by both the rebels and the Afghan government.
"The National Front has always been in favor of peace talks with the insurgents to bring peace and stability in the country, but the ...

India, Russia Agreed Afghanistan a Serious Issue: Singh

India, Russia  Agreed Afghanistan  a Serious Issue: Singh

December 18, 2011

NEW DEHLI - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said both India and Russia are agreed that the Afghanistan problem is a "serious" issue, observing that whatever happens there is of deep interest to them and to all the neighbors of the strife-torn ...

German Troop Withdrawal to Start in January: DM

German Troop Withdrawal  to Start in January: DM

December 18, 2011

KABUL - Germany's defense minister, Thomas de Maizière, said on Saturday that 100 German troops will leave Afghanistan in January.
Germany has about 5,000 troops in Afghanistan, most of them based in northern Kunduz province. The country has lost 53 soldiers in Afghanistan ...

War Should Stop Before Peace Talks: Leaders

War Should Stop Before Peace Talks: Leaders

December 17, 2011

KABUL - Former jihadi leaders and religious scholars who met President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said they would not hold peace talks with the Taliban until the group renounced violence, Karzai's office said.
The meeting at the Presidential Palace concerned practical mechanisms and conditions for negotiations with rebel groups, according to a statement from the Presidential Palace. It said the peace talks should ...

Russia, India Back Afghan Control Handover

Russia, India  Back Afghan  Control Handover

December 17, 2011

MOSCOW - Russia and India have said they back handing security affairs over to Afghanistan, putting Kabul in charge of its own security forces.
In a joint statement on Friday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged Afghanistan to "build up ...

Pakistan’s Reaction Has an Immediate Impact on Afghan Strategy: Grossman

Pakistan’s Reaction Has an Immediate Impact on Afghan Strategy: Grossman

December 17, 2011

WASHINGTON - The strong reaction by Pakistan in the aftermath of the November 26 incident is having an immediate impact on the American strategy in Afghanistan, a top Obama Administration official said on Friday. The cross border attack left 24 Pakistan soldiers dead in the ...

Karzai Only Supports Afghan-Led Talks: Spokesman

Karzai Only  Supports Afghan-Led Talks: Spokesman

December 17, 2011

KABUL -Afghans must lead any peace negotiations to end the war in their country, a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday, in a swipe at Qatar after reports that the Gulf state had agreed to set up an unofficial Taliban embassy. Kabul recalled its ambassador to Qatar on Wednesday, hours after an ...

Plan to Boost Afghan Forces Being Discussed: Ahmadzai

Plan to Boost  Afghan Forces Being Discussed: Ahmadzai

December 17, 2011

AIBAK - A plan for training, equipping and supporting Afghan forces is being discussed with ministries of defense, interior and National Directorate of Security (NDS), the security transition commission head said on Thursday. "Afghan military forces will be equipped with sophisticated weapons, armored and modern tanks," ...

US will Be Responsible if Pakistan Fails in War against Terrorism: Khar

US will Be Responsible if Pakistan Fails in War against Terrorism: Khar

December 17, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the United States would be responsible if Pakistan fails in the war against terrorism after the US Senate agreed to freeze close to 700 million ...

We are Winning Tough Conflict in Afghanistan: Panetta

We are Winning Tough  Conflict in Afghanistan: Panetta

December 15, 2011

SHARAN - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday visited American troops in the southeastern province of Paktika, bordering Pakistan's troubled tribal region of South Waziristan, an official said.
A day after his arrival in Kabul on an unannounced trip, Panetta told troops Pakistan should take more steps to secure its side of the border, the Paktika governor's spokesman, Mukhlis Afghan, reporters.
According ...