Afghanistan seeks China support for SCO full membership

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KABUL: Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai has met Assistant Foreign Minister Li Hui in Moscow a head of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Contact Group meeting, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. Karzai highlighted Afghan Government’s high expectations from this meeting and sought China’s support on SCO platform. These priorities included Afghanistan’s full membership to ...

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Cost of leaving Afghanistan would be ‘much higher’ than staying: Stoltenberg


KABUL: The NATO Secretary General Jeans Stoltenberg has announced no withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying, the cost of staying in Afghanistan was higher, but the cost of withdrawal could be much higher. Stoltenberg, after holding talks with Romanian prime minister, said this it in his speech at the plenary session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Bucharest. He applauded Romania’s contributions ...

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NATO commander says Taliban and their supporters will never win


KABUL: The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission and the US forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson has said the Taliban and their supporters will never win. Speaking during a ceremony for the transfer of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to the Afghan forces, Gen. Nicholson said the war against terrorism is not only the war in Afghanistan and ...

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Ghani asks Taliban to carefully opt between peace and violence


AFGHANISTAN: Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani once again called on Taliban group to renounce violence and join peace process, insisting that the option lies with the group and therefore they should be specific in their review. Speaking during a ceremony for the transfer of the UH-60 Black Hawks to the Afghan forces in Kandahar Airfield, President Ghani said the Taliban ...

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Pakistan can’t hide its global isolation: Waziri


“The entire world has recognized Pakistan a state sponsoring terrorism”     KABUL: The Ministry of Defense on Sunday strongly rejected Pakistan foreign minister’s remarks regarding the Afghan security forces capability, saying ‘the entire world has recognized Pakistan a state sponsoring terrorism.” Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif during his ongoing trip to Washington had alleged that the Afghan security forces were unable to ...

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Ghani calls on Pakistan to intensify state-to-state dialogue for regional peace


KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani once again called on Pakistan to intensify the state-to-state dialogue in a bid to help secure regional peace and stability. Speaking during a meeting of the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Kabul, President Ghai said “I call, once again on Pakistan to intensify the state-to-state dialogue with us to secure regional peace and security.” President ...

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Brazen violation of international law; EU forcibly returns Afghan asylum-seekers


KABUL: Amnesty International (AI) said the increasing force return of Afghan asylum-seekers by European Union to Afghanistan which it described it as a dangerous country due to worsening security situation, is unlawful and a brazen violation of international law, and must stop immediately as it puts the returnees at serious risk of torture, kidnapping, death and other horrors. Amnesty International released ...

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Farah selenite mine: Illegal extraction continues unabated


FARAH CITY: Selenite, a newly discovered mine in western Farah province, is being illegally extracted by powerful individuals and the stone smuggled to Herat and Iran. The mine is located in a mountain between Awar and Anginaran villages, around 25 kilometres northwest of the Pushtkoh district centre. A number of residents say the mine was discovered three months back by ...

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Fresh violence along the Durand Line inflicts casualties to Pakistani soldiers

Afghan border policemen take their positions on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Goshta district of Jalalabad province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday warned Pakistan against trying to force Afghanistan to accept as an international border the Durand line which separates the two countries. Border tensions between the two countries have escalated dramatically in the last two weeks with both sides accusing the other of unprovoked attacks. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL: The Pakistani officials are saying that an army soldier was killed while another one has sustained injuries in the fresh wave of violence along the Durnad Line. The officials in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan are saying that two soldiers were wounded after they came under fire from the other side of the line from Afghanistan. The officials further ...

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Karzai criticizes Trump’s new war strategy


KABUL: Former president Hamid Karzai has criticized US President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, saying the US should focus on the peace process rather than the war. He said that the US will not succeed in turning Afghanistan into a second Syria or Iraq. Karzai said that terror hideouts and safe havens exist outside the ...

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