Mullah Muhammad Nabi Omari was held for nearly twelve years in the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison, and is today part of the Taliban delegation that met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the Afghan peace talks.
Afghanistan’s warring sides started negotiations for the first time aimed at ending decades of war, bringing together delegates appointed by the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Negotiating an end to the rebellions in Sudan’s far-flung provinces has been a crucial goal for the transitional government.
The stalled release of prisoners has delayed talks between Afghanistan's government and the militant group but negotiations are expected to begin once the inmate impasse is overcome.
Yemen's leading separatist group, the Southern Transitional Council, has abandoned its declaration of self-rule in the country's south and pledged to implement a stalled Saudi-brokered peace agreement with the government.
While US peace envoy Khalilzad is talking to the Taliban about reducing violence, the US military says its air strikes killed 37 Taliban and operations by the Afghan National Security Forces killed another 22 of the militants.
Peace may be closer than ever in Afghanistan, as the Taliban and the US get ready for talks on June 29 with the aim of reaching a peace deal before the country’s presidential elections in September.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is joining the final day of peace talks being held in Sweden between representatives of the Yemeni government and Houthi rebel group.
Yemen’s warring sides had earlier agreed to a broad prisoner swap at the start of crucial peace talks in Sweden which aims to end a devastating conflict that has pushed millions of people to the verge of starvation.
The talks mark the first attempt in two years to broker an end to the Yemen conflict, which has killed at least 10,000 people since 2015 and triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Under heavy Western pressure, the Hadi government and its Saudi-led military backers have largely suspended a five-month-old offensive on the Red Sea port city as United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths spearheads the biggest peace push in two years.
UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths says all warring parties have given firm assurances to attend peace talks which will be held soon in Sweden as 8.4 million people, including children, are on the brink of starvation in the warring country.
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