S. Korea welcomes recent power-sharing deal between rival Afghan leaders

Wednesday, 20 May, 2020

Afghan forces have killed at least 249 Taliban fighters since the order to resume the offensive was given, while the militant group has killed almost 300 people, National Security Council spokesman Javid Faisal said Sunday on Twitter.

Rejecting Afghan Taliban's statement that India has been playing a negative role in the country for the past 40 years, the spokesperson of the ministry of foreign affairs, Gran Hewad, said that Afghanistan's relations with India are within worldwide frameworks and based on mutual respect.

Both the Taliban and Afghan forces have clashed repeatedly in rural areas in recent months, but an attempt to enter a city as large as Kunduz is seen as a serious escalation.

China on Monday welcomed the signing of power sharing agreement between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah and hoped all parties would build on momentum, work towards same goal, initiate intra-Afghan talks and promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Abdullah had previously served as Afghanistan's "chief executive" under an earlier power-sharing arrangement but lost that post after he was defeated in a presidential election that incumbent Ghani - a former World Bank economist - won in September amid claims of fraud.

President Ghani's spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said details about positions being held by members of Dr Abdullah's team would be revealed later. They have been locked in a power struggle since the vote.

The most important symbol of India's assistance in the reconstruction of Afghanistan has been the construction of the multipurpose Afghan India Friendship Dam (AIFD).

The United Nations called for a halt to the fighting and the start of intra-Afghan peace talks as part of a deal signed between the United States and the Taliban in February.

Expressing concerns on the serious terrorism threat existing in Afghanistan, they urged all sides in the country to take decisive action against Al-Qaeda, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other global terrorist organizations operating against regional countries, and to completely eradicate the production and trafficking of narcotics in the country. The road ahead for the intra-Afghan talks and a peace deal was clear.

Violence has continued unabated in Afghanistan. On Sunday in Ghazni, gunmen opened fire, killing five people - three civilians and two police officers - as they were travelling in the district of Jaghatu, according to Arian, the interior minister's spokesman.

In return, the Taliban agreed not to attack foreign troops.

At least 24 people were killed inside the hospital - mothers, babies, and medical workers among them. The attack set off an hours-long shootout with police; the attack also left 16 wounded in the hospital, which is supported by global aid group Doctors Without Borders. No one claimed responsibility for the attack on the clinic in Dashti Barchi, a mostly Shiite neighbourhood in Kabul.

He also added that the Al Qaeda terrorist network and other groups have further strengthened their ties with the Taliban group following the signing of peace deal with the United States.

The United Nations on Tuesday called for an immediate reduction of violence in Afghanistan, warning that civilian casualties at the hands of both the Taliban and Afghan security forces are on the increase.