Ashraf Ghani (centre) and other officials attend the last day of loya jirga meeting in Kabul on Friday. Associated Press
President Ashraf Ghani hopes to showcase unity at the four-day meeting — known as Loya Jirga — that brings together politicians, tribal elders and others.
The US special peace envoy for Afghanistan should stop calling on Taliban militants to lay down their arms and convince the United States to end the use of force instead, the Taliban said on Friday.
Their meeting came during a marathon multi-country tour by Khalilzad, who is to visit Qatar — the usual venue for talks with the Taliban.
Government planes and helicopters launched more than 280 strikes on Sunday and Russian jets had carried out 15, said Director of the Observatory.
The Pakistani military said on Monday militants attacked an army post in a troubled region bordering Afghanistan where ethnic tensions have recently flared up with minority Pashtuns,
President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States was not seeking “regime change” in Iran despite mounting tensions, in dovish comments also praising North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un as a “very smart guy.”