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John Bolton: Trump sought Xi’s help to win re-election

US President Donald Trump sought help from Chinese President Xi Jinping to win re-election, ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton's new book says. Mr Bolton says Mr Trump wanted China to buy agricultural produce from US farmers, according to details of the forthcoming book previewed by US media. He also says Mr Trump "remained stunningly uninformed on how to run the [...]

Trump touts his ‘good conversation’ with Taliban leader

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday spoke on phone with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s chief negotiator, saying they “had a good conversation.” “They’re looking to get this ended and we’re looking to get this ended,” Trump said.  “The relationship is very good that I have with the mullah.” The conversation comes at a time, while the Afghan government [...]

US’s efforts to lift obstacles before intra-Afghan talks

The US government is trying hard to remove some obstacles made on the way to intra-Afghan dialogues. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to pay a visit to Kabul for this purpose. US President Donald Trump has assured the Taliban’s head of political office Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in the first-ever phone call that he would send Pompeo [...]

‘No Covert Deal with Taliban’

Russian President’s envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, has said that he has been reassured by the U.S. side that there had been no covert deal between the United States and the Taliban. He said he had met with the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, at the threshold of the signing of the peace agreement. “Khalilzad had sworn [...]

Esper Pledges U.S. Support to Armed Forces

Just as a historic peace agreement was being signed in Qatar on Saturday to end American’s longest-fought war, the United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg renewed their commitment to Afghanistan. During a ceremony of a joint declaration with President Ghani, US Defense Secretary Esper said the United States had a “longstanding commitment” to [...]

Afghan conflict: Trump hails deal with Taliban to end 18-year war

President Trump says it is "time to bring our people back home" after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. Mr Trump said 5,000 US troops would leave Afghanistan by May and he would meet Taliban leaders in the near future, without specifying where. The US and Nato allies have agreed to withdraw [...]

UN concerned over Abdullah loyalist’s outlawed reshuffles

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is extremely concerned by the events that are ongoing to replace government officials. “Resorting to force or any other unlawful means at the very time that efforts are ongoing to realize a reduction in violence – with the expectation that it can lead to the start of an intra-Afghan negotiations on peace [...]

Politicians come together to discuss election crisis, peace

Powerful political leaders gathered Saturday to discuss what they called “electoral crisis and peace process”. The meeting was held at the residence of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Hezb-e-Islami in which Hamid Karzai, Karim Khalili, Abdullah Abdullah, Mohammad Mohaqqeq, Salahoddin Rabbani, Anwarul Haq Ahadi and Batur Dostum attended and emphasized that some practical steps would be taken to save the country [...]

Coronavirus: Senior Chinese officials ‘removed’ as death toll hits 1,000

China has "removed" several senior officials over their handling of the coronavirus outbreak - as the death toll passed 1,000. The party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission, and the head of the commission, were among those who lost their jobs. They are the most senior officials to be demoted so far. The deputy director of the local Red Cross [...]