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AFGHANISTAN:

  • Russia plans to hold a conference on Afghanistan, marking an attempt by Moscow to raise its profile in the Afghan peace efforts. The talks, scheduled for March 18, will bring together representatives of Russia, the United States, China and Pakistan, as well as an Afghan government delegation and representatives of the Taliban.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA


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ISRAEL/PALESTINE:

  • Foreign ministers of Egypt, Germany, France and Jordan discussed ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a week before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The Palestinians suffered numerous setbacks under the outgoing administration of President Donald Trump and have complained about what they say were pro-Israeli steps from Washington.

SOURCE: DAILY MAIL


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  • The United States has directly accused the Taliban of being behind a recent wave of high-profile assassinations in Afghanistan, urging the insurgent group to stop the violence “for peace to succeed.” Charges came hours after the Taliban accused U.S. forces of launching airstrikes against insurgent-held areas in violation of their 2020 bilateral agreement aimed at ending the long-running Afghan war.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS


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EGYPT-JORDAN:

  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah II have agreed to revive the peace process and to resume Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR


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  • AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan remains the country most impacted by terrorism and was subjected to 26 of the world’s 50 worst terrorist attacks last year, according to Global Terrorism Index 2020. The Taliban remained the world’s deadliest terrorist group. “Whether the peace talks in Afghanistan have a substantial impact on terrorist activity remains to be seen,” read the report.

SOURCE: ARIANA NEWS

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sought the support of visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to reduce surging violence in the war-torn country. The visit came as Taliban resist calls for a cease-fire, with little headway in the ongoing peace talks, while the US has announced a sharp drawdown of troops in Afghanistan.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN: Violent attacks in Afghanistan have surged by 50 percent over recent months, even as the Kabul government and the Taliban launched unprecedented peace talks in September. Taliban launched devastating attacks on provincial capitals and security installations, with fears the violence may jeopardise negotiations.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN: At least 25 Afghan security force personnel were killed in an ambush blamed on the Taliban, as spiraling violence imperils ongoing peace talks. Despite opening peace talks with the Afghan government, the hardline group have only increased violence in Afghanistan in a bid to wield leverage in the negotiations. The Taliban have so far not commented on the attack.

SOURCE: ALARABIYA NET

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN:  The US special envoy to Afghanistan warned that “distressingly high” levels of violence threaten to derail ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. This comments come as renewed fighting for days has plagued Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, a longtime Taliban stronghold.

SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES

 

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