Russia Offers to Host Talks Between Govt and Taliban

President Trump had accused Pakistan of providing safe havens to terrorist groups like the Taliban and the Haqqani Network

"They did ask us for consensus to put further pressure on Pakistan to come to the table and change their behavior", Haley said.

The UN delegation met President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and expressed their concerns about the security situation in the country, including the presence of the Taliban and the terror groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

In August, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his strategy for ending the almost two-decade-long war in Afghanistan. It includes sending up to 3,900 more USA troops on top of the 8,400 Americans that former President Barack Obama left in Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump's had ordered for a freeze on aid to Pakistan earlier in the month, estimated to be worth nearly two billion dollars, a senior USA administration official had said.

The funding freeze affects $1 billion for military equipment and another $900 million in payments to defray the cost of counterterrorism operations.




He also made it clear that Pakistan could no more host refugees from Afghanistan. Wells said the USA wanted that the continuing presence of the Haqqani network and other terrorist groups within Pakistan's territory must be adequately addressed.

While talks will be Afghan-led, Kabul did request that the Security Council weigh in to bring Pakistan on board.

"We don't think that we need to facilitate the peace process, we think we need to support the peace process", she added.

An Afghan official Humayoun Jarir who represents the Afghan high peace council in the meeting said informal talks are underway with the Taliban group under an initiative of the government of Turkey to start reconciliation process.

The group, formed by representatives of the 15 member countries of the council and led by Kazakhstan's Ambassador to the United Nations and the current UNSC President Kairat Umarov, met military and political leaders and activists between January 13-15 in order to understand the political, security, socio-economic and human rights situation in the country, Efe news agency reported.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gang Members Tried Smuggling 1600 Lbs. of Cocaine Into Spain Using Pineapples
Jan 20, 2018 - 03:37
Incredibly, this isn't the first time pineapples have been used to smuggle some blow across the Spanish border. The cocaine would then be shipped from Panama to Lisbon before ending up in laboratories near Madrid.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Africa needs AfDB to mobilise resources, says Nigeria's finance minister
Jan 20, 2018 - 03:36
The African Development Bank has revised previous estimates by more than 30% in its African Economic Outlook report for this year. The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, thanked the Government of Nigeria for its very strong support.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US Cancels Haitian Eligibility For Temp Worker Visas
Jan 20, 2018 - 03:36
The H2A visa allows seasonal workers for agriculture and the H2B is given to those for non-agricultural work such as resorts. Trump is said to have preferred immigrants from Norway instead. "And they're very hard-working people", he said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Roman Reigns Responds To Accusations of Involvement in Steroid Ring
Jan 19, 2018 - 01:45
Rodriguez was alleged to have been part of a steroid ring that was operated out of his "Iron Addicts" gym in Miami. In an exclusive interview with Jon Bravo, Rodriguez named Reigns as one of his clients.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top SBS News bulletins to be available via Amazon Alexa
Jan 19, 2018 - 01:44
Amazon has also announced that its " Amazon Music Unlimited " service will also be available in Australia from February 1st, 2018. There will reportedly be three Music Unlimited plans to choose from: the Echo Plan, the Individual Plan and the Family Plan.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Christie ends term unpopular, but with legs left unbroken
Jan 19, 2018 - 01:43
The new governor called for the wealthy to pay higher taxes, more funding for Planned Parenthood and a $15 minimum wage . Phil Murphy repeatedly struck tones of service and inclusion during his inaugural address in Trenton yesterday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Timberwolves' Nemanja Bjelica survives proper hook from Magic's Aaron Afflalo
Jan 19, 2018 - 01:42
They can expect severe discipline from the league for the fight, which will likely include suspensions. Bjelica, reacting, put Afflalo into a headlock, rendering him useless for the remainder of the time.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Espanyol 1 Barcelona 0 (Copa del Rey)
Jan 19, 2018 - 01:38
FC Barcelona had a number of chances to win this game including a penalty. Valverde went ahead with an unusual team selection. It was hard for us, but we had it under control.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cardi B Lands Her First Movie Deal
Jan 19, 2018 - 01:37
In the meantime, Cardi will take the stage alongside Bruno Mars to perform their number one single, " Finesse Remix ". This latest news comes after the rapper's breakout year following the success of her massive hit, " Bodak Yellow ".

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets a Winter Olympics makeover
Jan 18, 2018 - 03:53
PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition has been unveiled in Seoul, South Korea, to extend the company's Olympic legacy. Inside the smartphone, the device is the same as previous Galaxy Note 8 colour variants.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Australian Open 2018: 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk through to third round
Jan 18, 2018 - 03:51
It's remarkable for a teenage sensation to break through the ranks since the WTA limits young players to only 10 tournaments. But thanks to her impressive run, she has ensured that everyone will know her name come the end of this year's competition.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kristen Wiig sets TV return in Apple comedy from Reese Witherspoon
Jan 18, 2018 - 03:50
It will be the first time Wiig has returned to series television since her stint on " Saturday Night Live " from 2005 to 2012. Hello Sunshine is also producing a show for Apple called Are You Sleeping? Sittenfeld is on board as a consulting producer.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top January Jones Is Dating Former 'The Bachelor' Star Nick Viall
Jan 18, 2018 - 03:49
Jones celebrated her 40th birthday with Viall and some of her " Mad Men " former co-stars at Inkwell in LA on Saturday. Viall asked her out, she accepted and the rest, as they say, is history. "They've been dating for about two months".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ronaldinho confirms retirement from football
Jan 18, 2018 - 03:48
The toe poke is generally the preserve of the goal-poaching striker, pouncing effectively from somewhere close to the goal-line. A free-kick that looped over the head of England goalkeeper David Seaman in the quarterfinal announced him on the world stage.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rajon Rondo irked by Celtics' plans to honor Isaiah Thomas
Jan 18, 2018 - 03:48
What do we hang here? "[Thomas] didn't put in more work than Paul", Allen said. "I'm with Pierce, man", said Allen. An Eastern Conference finals rematch on the court, interspersed with tributes to a Celtics legend.