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United Nations envoy urges Taliban to respond to Afghan government offer

11 March 2018

"We've gone much further and underscored the importance and the centrality of this issue to our ability to expand relations with Pakistan", Wells said.

In other developments, the Taliban launched a deadly assault overnight on an army outpost in a remote region of northern Takhar province, killing six soldiers and wounding five, Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.

"That would require the support of the worldwide community".

The Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the recently concluded Kabul Process conference in the Afghan capital, she said, laid out some important principles in his remarks about implementation of the peace process that this will be a part of a national plan that would encompass social development, that would be equitable, that would have a demobilization plan. There's no way to walk away from Afghanistan even in a time of peace.

In a response to a recent letter from the Taliban to the United States, the Trump team has ruled out withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, a pre-condition set by the rebels for talks.

Wells noted that it was a complicated process which can not be pre-judged but underscored its importance for the success of the stabilisation of Afghanistan.

A soldier stands guard near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul Friday
A soldier stands guard near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul Friday

"These people who do this are acting against humanity and against Islam", he said. There's a way to end this conflict.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at an global conference in Kabul last week unveiled a plan to open talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognising them as a political party.

Welcoming the focus of the Security Council on linkages between extremism, terrorism, drug production and illegal exploitation of natural resources of Afghanistan, he said the increase in cultivation of poppy in areas under the control of the Taliban and the outfit's involvement in virtually all aspects of the opium trade suggested that it was akin to a drug cartel.

Akbaruddin said that despite the worldwide community's efforts, those supporting the terrorists affecting Afghanistan have not been deterred. Now obviously the United States has a direct interest in the resolution of this conflict and the Taliban have frequently stated the need for all foreign troops to depart Afghanistan is a precondition for negotiations.

"The recent Taliban letter to the people of the USA misses the point".

He said tens of thousands of Afghans are killed and injured every year in confrontations between the Taliban and government forces.

Kawhi Leonard says he'll return "soon", no friction between him and team
He knows what the progressions were, he knew what I was doing the whole entire time as well as the front office. Leonard's return to the line-up is not expected until later this month at the earliest.

United Nations envoy urges Taliban to respond to Afghan government offer