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.
The Afghan Taliban gave a cool reception to President Ashraf Ghani's offer of political recognition and a truce while representatives from more than 20 countries voiced support for his peace plan.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has proposed the recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group, as part of a process that could lead to peace negotiations and put an end to more than 16 years of fighting.
The Taliban have urged the United States to begin talks to end almost 17 years of war in Afghanistan.