US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, South and Central Asia Alice Wells (left) and US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (right).
Briefing the media during Zalmay's last visit to India, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, in January had said, "whether Pakistan's role was discussed, you know there is something which I have articulated time and again about the destabilizing role, in a way, which Pakistan plays".
The Russian Federation's Foreign Ministry on Monday criticized the Afghan government for the cancellation of the intra-Afghan meeting in Doha, Qatar, which was scheduled for April 19-21.
Any peace agreement with the Afghan Taliban would depend on the declaration of a permanent ceasefire and a commitment to end the country's long war, the U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan said. "No agreement will be done if we don't see a permanent ceasefire and a commitment to end the war", he added.
President Trump reportedly wants to cut in half the 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan, and the Taliban leaders have made a USA withdrawal a key condition in peace negotiations.
Over three thousand Afghans congregated in Kabul on Monday for a rare consultative meeting aimed at finding ways to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban and end Afghanistan's war.
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"For the first time, after nearly 17 years, there is a prospect of peace". "Peace can not be achieved in one day and the government has provided the ground for it. Peace belongs to the nation and it will be ensured, there, we all should surrender to the will and demand of the people". "The so-called offensives are condemnable and will undermine the peace process".
Later at a rally, Prime Minister Khan explained his comments as "brotherly advice" to the people and government of Afghanistan and should not be considered interference.
Afghan-born Khalilzad, speaking in Dari to the Tolo News channel said that during his negotiations, the Taliban admitted that their government "made a lot mistakes" when it was in power from 1996-2001, and "they have learned a lot".
Attacks are still reported targeting Afghan security forces and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops causing casualties, of civilians also.
The Afghan Taliban have said that the assembly is, "part of exhibitory efforts by the stooges of America in a continuous process of fooling the nation".
Two weeks ago an announcement from the Taliban instructed its fighters to launch "Jihadi operations with sincerity and pure intentions".