U.S. and Taliban officials met this week for direct talks aimed at setting up peace negotiations to end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, a Taliban official said.
Members of the People’s Peace Movement of Afghanistan ended their three-day sit-in protest outside the Iranian Embassy in Kabul on July 27.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has dismissed the Taliban’s rejection of his offer of peace talks, suggesting that the militant group can still be persuaded to come to the negotiating table.
Few places can be more symbolic for demanding peace than a road divided between the Afghan government forces and the Taliban in one of Afghanistan’s most volatile provinces.
The protest is part of a plan to attract the attention of countries and international organizations, which the activists say are vital to peace in Afghanistan.
A temporary cease-fire between Taliban and government forces offered a sneak peek into what lasting peace between the longtime combatants could look like.
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.