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Yemen peace talks set to start on Thursday in Sweden

ADEN: A team from Yemen’s Saudi Arabia-backed government arrived in Sweden to attend peace talks starting on Thursday with members of the Iran-aligned Houthi group, in a renewed U.N. push to end a war that has pushed the country to the brink of starvation. A U.N. source said the two sides were unlikely to hold direct talks at a renovated castle outside Stockholm and that special envoy Martin Griffiths and his team would shuttle between them for the consultations, the first since 2016. One representative of the…

Afghan delegation to attend peace talks in Russia: official

An Afghan delegation will attend international talks on the war-torn country in Russia this month, officials said Monday, as the Taliban consider whether to participate. Moscow announced Saturday it would host the event on November 9 in the Russian capital — even as the United States engages the Taliban in nascent bilateral talks to end the 17-year conflict. Afghanistan´s High Peace Council, a government body responsible for reconciliation efforts with the militants, would send four representatives to the meeting,…

Russia to host peace talks with Afghan leaders, Taliban delegation

MOSCOW: Russia said on Saturday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had agreed to send a group of senior politicians to peace talks in Moscow, at which a delegation representing the Taliban would be present. Russia in August proposed holding multilateral peace talks in Moscow, and invited 12 countries and the Taliban to attend a summit the following month. But the meeting was postponed after Ghani rejected the invitation on the grounds that talks with the Taliban should be led by the Afghan government. In a statement on…

US calls for Yemen ceasefire, Mattis urges for peace talks within ‘next 30 days’

WASHINGTON: The United States called Tuesday for a ceasefire and peace talks in Yemen, as the Saudi-led military coalition sent more than 10,000 new troops toward a vital rebel-held port city ahead of a new assault. Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said the US had been watching the conflict "for long enough," adding that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which are in a US-backed coalition fighting Houthi rebels, are ready for talks. "We have got to move toward a peace effort here, and we can't say we are going to…

PM Imran disappointed at ‘arrogant and negative’ Indian response on talks

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed disappointment over India’s decision to call off proposed peace talks with Pakistan, and called it the ‘negative and arrogant’ response of the neighbouring country. PM Khan had written a letter to his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, seeking resumption of dialogue with ‘constructive engagement’ between the two countries on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session later this month in New York. However, India a day later announced not to proceed with…

India’s reluctance for peace talks shows divided opinion: information minister

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary said on Friday the reluctance of the New Delhi government to hold talks with Pakistan showed the divided opinion in Indian leadership, ARY News reported. "Prime Minister Imran Khan extended an offer of friendship to India and said Pakistan will take two steps, if India takes one in this direction," he said while talking to ARY News.  India has cancelled the meeting slated to be held between foreign ministers of Pakistan and India on the sidelines of the UN General…

State Dept says “ready to work with new leadership of Pakistan”

WASHINGTON: As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is set to form a new government in Pakistan, the United States of America is looking forward to collaborate with the new regime in furthering the goals of security and peace in South Asia. A State Department's spokesperson said "As Pakistan’s elected leaders form a new government, the United States will look for opportunities to work with them to advance our goals of security, stability, and prosperity in South Asia." Referring to the US strategy for South Asia and issue of…

Pakistan hopes Taliban will grab peace talks opportunity with Afghan govt

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday Pakistan was committed to peace and security in Afghanistan and fully supported Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's peace initiatives. "There is no military solution to decades' long Afghan conflict and Pakistan hopes that Taliban would grab opportunity of unconditional peace talks with the Afghan government," he said while speaking at a weekly briefing in Islamabad. He said United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ambassador Alice G Wells had…

Afghan President requests Sami-ul-Haq to arrange peace talks with Afghan Taliban

PESHAWAR: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has sought assistance of the Maulana Sami-ul-Haq to play a role to pave way and arrange peace talks with the Afghan Taliban. In this regard, the Afghan Ambassador Dr. Hazrat Umar Zakhilwal called on the leader of the eponymous faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and the head of the Difa-e-Pakistan council. This is the second meeting of the Afghan envoy with Maulana Sami-ul-Haq in the last few days. Both had an elaborate discussion about the security situation in Afghanistan.…

‘Afghanistan must not conspire against Pakistan with ‘declared’ opponent’

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi urged the Afghan government to shut down Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s safe havens in Afghanistan and end its agencies’ conspiracy with Pakistan’s ‘declared adversary’ to foment terrorism in Pakistan. Pakistan, she said, had consistently urged Afghanistan to cooperate in instituting strict controls along the international border, finalise border management procedures and support Islamabad’s plan to fence vulnerable points on the Pak-Afghan frontier…