No military solution in Afghanistan, UN chief says on Kabul visit

Lauren Perry
June 14, 2017

China is willing to mediate between Afghanistan and Pakistan and help organise a meeting in order for the countries to improve their relations, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement said that the Chinese foreign minister is prepared to discuss a possible meeting between Afghanistan, Pakistan, the USA and China.

"Peace with Pakistan was our demand and this must be solved between government and government".

Haqqani said in the audio message that while the Taliban was not involved in the recent attacks, its fighters will continue to wage war until all "foreign invaders" have withdrawn from Afghanistan.

President's deputy spokesman Najibullah Azad said, "This time the quadrilateral meeting which will be held between Afghanistan, Pakistan, US and China would be different compared to past meetings".

UN Undersecretary-General Jan Kubis traveled to Kabul earlier this week "in the interest of completing a Security Council-requested strategic review" of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and its work, UNAMA said.

A team of the German experts is expected to visit Kabul to investigate the deadly May 31 bombing near the German embassy that killed at least 150 people. An Islamic State affiliate has meanwhile emerged and carried out several large attacks in the country.

The Haqqani network was founded by Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani and is now being run by his son Sirajuddin.

Pakistan always rejects allegations that it supports insurgency.

After the investigations into the May 31 Kabul's Zanbaq Square blast, the Afghan Ministry of Interior has accused Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of supplying explosives to the Haqqani network.

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