Under the deal, the control and management of four international airports — Kabul, Kandahar, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif — will be run by a UAE aviation company, according to state-run Bakhtar News Agency.
Amid heavy security, Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada delivered his brief address from one of the front rows of worshippers at the Eidgah mosque in Kandahar.
Daesh’s Khorasan wing is primarily rooted in the Pakistani insurgency, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, a series of networks quite distinct from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement.
A spokesperson for National Resistance Forces, a group loyal to Ahmad Massoud, says fighting occurred on the western entrance to the valley where the Taliban attacked NRF positions.
Turkey will pursue an active diplomacy that aims to keep the door of dialogue open, while taking steps with its allies and international organisations to remain in contact with all groups in Afghanistan.
The uncertainty in Afghanistan poses an international security risk. The best way forward is in collaboration with others.
An urgent power-sharing agreement between Ghani’s government and the Taliban is one way of avoiding bloody confrontation in the capital.
A political and economic intervention by the international community could drive the conflict to a stalemate in favour of the Kabul government, giving it space to create a new strategy.
At least four people have been killed and five others wounded in Afghanistan in an explosion that occurred “in the centre of Kabul”.
Government forces have taken back control of police headquarters and other key facilities and are clearing the city of Taliban fighters, Afghan Defence Ministry says.
As a Taliban offensive spreads across Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani will be hoping for a significant commitment of aid post troop withdrawal with Joe Biden expected to pressure the Afghan leader to strike a deal with the insurgents.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the forum was one of the first and biggest international events during the pandemic and it was held under compliance with all health measures.
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