Afghan peace activists have arrived in Kabul after trekking some 700 kilometers on foot calling for an end to Afghanistan’s nearly 17-year war.
The Afghan Taliban has announced a three-day cease-fire over the Eid-al-Fitr holiday, their first offer of its kind, following an earlier unilateral cessation of hostilities announced by the government.
Civilians in the beleaguered Afghan capital have called on the Taliban and the Afghan government to cease hostilities during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when all adults observe a fast from dawn to dusk.
Hundreds of Afghan men and women are participating in an unprecedented protest to push the warring sides in Afghanistan to cease hostilities and conclude peace.
Uzbekistan has offered to host peace negotiations between Afghanistan's government and the Taliban.
The Taliban and the Afghan government, along with its Western allies — the key parties to the conflict — are at odds over who should be talking to whom.
A senior U.S. diplomat is due to arrive in Uzbekistan on March 25 for a three-day visit for talks with Uzbek leaders and to attend an international peace conference on Afghanistan.
The United States is picking up signs of interest from some elements of the Taliban in exploring the possibility of talks to end the more than 16-year war.
The United Nations envoy to Afghanistan has urged the Taliban to accept an offer by Afghanistan’s government of direct peace negotiations that could lead to an end to more than 16 years of fighting.