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Moscow holds Taliban talks

Stresses the need to relaunch US-Taliban negotiations

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September 15, 2019


US, Taliban wrap up latest round of talks in Doha

Tweets from both sides suggest work remains to be done

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August 12, 2019


US says latest Taliban talks ‘most productive’ so far

Washington wants a peace deal with Taliban by September 1

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July 9, 2019


Erdogan in Moscow for talks with Putin on Syria safe zone

At the start of their meeting, Putin addressed Erdogan as “dear friend”

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January 23, 2019


Talks aimed at ending Afghan conflict held in UAE

Washington confirmed meetings were ongoing in Abu Dhabi

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December 18, 2018


Afghan officials, Taliban to meet in Russia Saturday

In April 2017, Russia also hosted an international conference on Afghanistan

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November 3, 2018


Leaders of two Koreas begin one-on-one summit to unlock nuclear talks

The talks are expected to be followed by a joint statement and a news conference

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September 19, 2018


UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold

UN security experts have said they were negotiating with Syrian and Russian authorities for international chemical inspectors to deploy to the site of an alleged toxic gas attack near Damascus, after a reconnaissance mission came under fire, reported AFP. The team from the world’s chemical arms watchdog has not yet been able to begin its…

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April 19, 2018


Pakistan excuses itself from bringing Afghan Taliban to talks

WASHINGTON: Pakistan excused itself from convincing Afghan Taliban to come to dialogues, as Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said Pakistan has no past-like influence over them; hence, the United States and Afghanistan should take initiative in this regard. Talking to journalists in Washington, Janjua said Afghan Taliban can be talked into negotiation; but, it is principally…

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March 9, 2018


Kim and Trump to meet on North Korean nukes by May

WASHINGTON: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump have agreed to meet to secure a deal to remove nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula, US and South Korean officials said Thursday “I told President Trump that at our meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he’s committed to denuclearization,” said South…

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March 9, 2018


Imran welcomes Ghani’s offer for Taliban talks

ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan has welcomed an offer from Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani to hold direct talks with Taliban without preconditions. “There is no other option except to initiate dialogue between the warring sides in Afghanistan,” said Khan in a telephonic conversation with Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal on Friday. “A peaceful…

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March 2, 2018


US urges India, Pakistan to sit together and ease tensions

WASHINGTON: The United States (US) urged India and Pakistan to sit together and talk about issues leading to tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbouring countries, said a report published in Dawn. “We think that both sides would certainly have to sit down and have talks about that,” said US State Department’s spokesperson, Heather Nauert, when…

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March 1, 2018


Afghan Taliban calls for direct talks with the US

Kabul, Feb 27: The Taliban has called for direct talks with the US to find a “peaceful solution” to the conflict in Afghanistan, in an apparent policy shift after months of escalating attacks. Civilian casualties surged in recent months as militants from the Taliban unleashed a wave of bloodshed in urban areas and on security…

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February 27, 2018


Washington still hopes for talks with Taliban: State Department

WASHINGTON: Washington still hopes to “bring the Taliban to the negotiating table” in Afghanistan, a senior State Department official said Tuesday, even though President Donald Trump had ruled out such talks any time soon. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, returning from a trip to Kabul, told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that all…

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February 7, 2018


Trump, on possibility of North Korea talks, says: ‘Who knows where it leads?’

WASHINGTON/SEOUL: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday after the first intra-Korean talks in over two years that the United States was willing to speak to North Korea “under the right circumstances,” although it was far from clear whether this would pay dividends, reported Reuters. South Korea said Trump had also said in a phone…

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January 11, 2018


Koreas start first official talks in two years

NEWS DESK: North and South Korea began their first official talks in more than two years on Tuesday, focussing on the forthcoming Winter Olympics after months of tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme, reported AFP. The talks in Panmunjom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, came after the North’s leader…

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January 9, 2018


North and South Korea agree to first talks in two years

NEWS DESK: North and South Korea agreed on Friday to hold their first talks in more than two years, hours after Seoul and Washington decided to defer joint military exercises which always infuriate Pyongyang until after the Winter Olympics, reported AFP. The meeting, the first since December 2015, will take place in Panmunjom, the truce…

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January 5, 2018


Britain, EU in historic deal to open Brexit trade talks

Brussels, Belgium: Britain and the European Union reached a historic deal on Brexit divorce terms on Friday that allows them to open up talks on a future relationship after the split. Prime Minister Theresa May rushed to Brussels for early morning talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to reach the breakthrough. The European Commission announced…

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December 8, 2017


Talks between govt, protestors make headway

ISLAMABAD: The talks between government and protestors in Islamabad have made headway as authorities have agreed to accept most the demands of the protestors, Samaa reported Saturday. According to our correspondent, the government has agreed to accept all demands except the removal of Law Minister Zahid Hamid in a second round of talks with leaders…

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November 18, 2017


Mufti Muneeb urges govt to hold talks with Islamabad protestors

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, on Saturday urged the federal government to hold talks with protestors of religious groups to peacefully end the two-week-long sit-in at Faizabad Interchange outside Islamabad. “The government should send an empowered delegation to the protestors to hold final and fruitful negotiations,” the religious scholar said. This he said…

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November 18, 2017


US not ready to engage Haqqani network: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Wednesday assured the Senate that Pakistan would never compromise on national sovereignty and dignity and future relations with United States would be reciprocated on self-respect and equality basis.  Giving a policy statement after the visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Islamabad and meetings…

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October 25, 2017