Possible intra-Afghan peace talks in china postponed
Haji Din Mohammad deputy high peace council has confirmed to media that he along some other top Afghan politician have been invited by the Chinese government to participate in ‘Intra-Afghan’ dialog happening next week in Beijing. Taliban Qatar office spokesman Suhail Shahin has also told the media that the Beijin talk will take pace 28th and 29th of October adding that Taliban negotiating team will participate. Meanwhile the US state department has published a joint statement agreed by Europe-US and the UN on Afghan peace calling on President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other prominent Afghan leaders to name an inclusive national negotiating team and focus immediately on preparing the country for formal Intra-Afghan Negotiations with the Taliban. Previously the Chinese Foreign Ministry had announced that China wanted to help succeed the Afghan peace process and it supports intra-Afghan peace talks. However, the conference postponed and did not take place on Monday 28 October.
NATO defence ministers meeting on Afghanistan
NATO defence ministers renew commitments to Afghanistan and say NATO will continue to support the Afghan forces and peace process. Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presented an unruffled position on Afghanistan, saying: “Nato remains committed and we continue to support the Afghan forces.” The NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Ambassador Nicholas Kay called the unanimity within the NATO defense ministers on Afghan mission as ‘impressive’. After the conclusion of NATO defense ministers meeting on Afghanistan in Brussels, Nicholas Kay in a press conference told reporters, “Let me say I was really impressed and struck by the strong unanimity within the defense ministers.” He declared that they defense ministers are committed to the mission in Afghanistan and there was talk of making sure that the mission there is an enduring mission and that the force posture level is an enduring sustainable mission.
President Ghani in Non-Aligned Movement Meeting
Addressing the 18th Summit of Heads of States of Non-Aligned Movement, in Baku, President Ashraf Ghani expresses commitment towards reconciliation with armed opponents. He says continuation of violence by the Taliban is the main reason behind presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan. The Afghan president renewed peace and cooperation offer to Taliban group to end the state of violence in the country. President Ghani addressed the 18th Summit of the Heads of State and Governments of the Non-Aligned Movement on Friday in Baku. “Embracing and acting on the basis of cooperative advantage would enable us to strengthen our collective resilience,” he said.
Afghan president met with Japanese PM
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, during his visit to Tokyo, has met Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two sides discussed expansion of cooperation, investment in Afghanistan’s mining sector, peace, stability and security, media in Afghanistan reported. Speaking in the meeting, President Ghani termed Afghanistan-Japan ties enduring and strategic and lauded the country for its effective, efficient and people-centred assistance, delivered by Japanese government and non-governmental institutions. He appreciated Japan’s support for the Afghan government’s stance in the peace process as well as political and financial areas, the report noted. While appreciating international efforts for peace in Afghanistan, the prime minister of Japan underlined that his country will support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace.
Pelosi’s Afghanistan visit
A delegation of US Congress visited Afghanistan meeting with President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul. The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan. She travelled there with other senior members of congress, where she met the country’s leader, Ashraf Ghani. She also spoke to American troops and the US Defence Secretary, Mark Esper. In a statement, Ms Pelosi said she’d discussed corruption, security and reconciliation efforts with the Taliban. Ms Pelosi is leading an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. She’s been highly critical of his approach to foreign policy. Last month, Mr Trump cut off peace talks with the Taliban.