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.
In what appears to be yet another false start for peace talks, the Afghan government and the Taliban have denied they are engaged in peace negotiations in Turkey.
For the first time Afghanistan's official peace-negotiating panel has offered to let the Taliban open a representative office in Kabul or in a country of its own choice, for initiating a peace dialogue.
In order to build trust with the Taliban, Afghanistan is working to bring back insurgent detainees from neighboring Pakistan.
This week, millions of Afghans and Pakistanis saw a rerun of the scenes that hyped hopes for resetting fraught relations between their neighboring countries.
As Afghans celebrate the Muslim holy festival of Eid al-Adha, they are cautiously witnessing some moves toward peace in their country, which has suffered through wars and violence for nearly four decades.
Rauf is one the 15 former Taliban leaders and senior officials that Raziq recently claimed have returned from Quetta, the capital of the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan, to live peacefully in Kandahar.