UN Security Council welcomes offer to engage Taliban in peace talks

Cheryl Sanders
March 17, 2018

At least three civilians were killed and two people were wounded in a vehicle bomb explosion in Kabul on Saturday, Reuters reported.

The visit of Pakistani delegation comes three weeks after President Ghani made a peace offer to the Taliban and talks with Pakistan during an worldwide conference in Kabul.

The deadly attacks organized by Taliban and the IS group have reportedly claimed the lives of more than 200 people, mostly civilians, in the capital city since the beginning of this year.

Two civilians were killed and three others were wounded in the attack, Danish said.

Health ministry spokesman Wahid Majrooh told AFP at least four people had been wounded.

Taliban has reportedly taken responsibility for the attack blaming the growing pressure to take up the Afghan government's offer of peace talks.

A spokesman for the terror organisation said in a statement: "The target was a foreign automobile and the attack was successful".

"Kabul is our main effort right now, to harden Kabul, to protect the people of Kabul and the worldwide community that are here because of the strategic impact that has and the importance to the campaign", General John Nicholson said on Wednesday.

The United States, in particular, is demanding that Pakistan move against Taliban leaders who support a continuation of the war in Afghanistan and oppose participating in peace talks with Kabul, the official said.

"We need to sustain the pressure", he said, adding that the administration is willing to "give it more time, it deserves more time".

In October, insurgents controlled or influenced almost half of Afghanistan's districts - double the percentage in 2015, the U.S. government's office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in January.

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