Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds grand assembly in bid to negotiate peace deal with Taliban

Thousands of 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. The four-day consultative grand assembly, known as a Loya Jirga, is an attempt by President Ashraf Ghani to influence peace talks between the United States and… Read More Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds grand assembly in bid to negotiate peace deal with Taliban

Taliban rejects President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of office in Afghanistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday offered the Taliban the possibility of opening an office in Afghanistan but the proposal was swiftly spurned by the group that is determined to keep his government out of accelerating peace talks. Ghani has expressed alarm at the Taliban shutting his administration out of negotiations with the United States… Read More Taliban rejects President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of office in Afghanistan

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani declares intention to contest in 2019 presidential election

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday entered the 2019 presidential race after forging an alliance with a staunch critic to challenge his former governing partners at a time when the Taliban has shut him out of talks to end more than 17 years of war. 69-year-old Ghani is seeking a second term amid the war… Read More Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani declares intention to contest in 2019 presidential election

Afghanistan agrees ceasefire with Taliban for Muslim Eid holiday

​Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, days after fighting in the central city of Ghazni and a northern province. Taliban sources said their leaders had also provisionally agreed a four-day truce during the annual Islamic feast of sacrifice, though supreme leader Sheikh… Read More Afghanistan agrees ceasefire with Taliban for Muslim Eid holiday

Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban till June 20

​Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month, but excluding other militant groups, such as Islamic State. The decision came after a meeting of Islamic clerics this week declared a fatwa, or ruling, against suicide bombings, one… Read More Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban till June 20

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offers talks with Taliban in bid to end crisis

​Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group on Wednesday as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war. The offer, made at the start of an international conference aimed at creating a platform for… Read More Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offers talks with Taliban in bid to end crisis