Afghanistan’s president has appointed a council for national reconciliation, which will have final say on whether the government will sign a peace deal with the Taliban after what are expected to be protracted and uncertain negotiations with the militants.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh categorically dismissed “baseless” claims by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Iran is sending weapons to Taliban militant group, saying what is happening now in Afghanistan is the outcome of the US warmongerings in the Asian country.
Afghan authorities and the Taliban have hit an impasse over the planned release of hundreds of terrorists after opposition from some foreign governments, officials said Monday, apparently stalling peace talks.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi welcomed the announcement of a three-day cease-fire by the Taliban militant group, calling it a positive step towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.
A suicide car bomber in central Afghanistan targeted a convoy of Afghan troops, killing eight soldiers, the Defense Ministry said, while Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack amid a nationwide escalation of violence.