Durable peace and security in Afghanistan will depend on the level of external interference in its affairs.
Taliban leader in Qatar claims no decision made yet on whether they will meet MBS.
Taliban say they will also meet PM Imran Khan for “comprehensive discussions” about bilateral affairs with Afghanistan.
Defence ministers from 29 Nato countries to meet in Brussels today to assure Afghanistan of continued support.
Shanahan says he is not been directed to "step down" US forces in Afghanistan.
President Ghani asks Taliban to open office in Afghanistan.
Pakistan is regarded as a "second home" by Afghans, says Taliban spokesman.
Khalilzad acknowledges role played by Islamabad towards reconciliation.
Taliban leader says Pakistan has kept "unprecedented pressure" on militants and their relatives over past few months.
US envoy insists US wants "better relations with Pakistan".
"Some military cooperation activities" between US and Pakistan continue despite suspension of aid, says Jospeh Votel.
"Give Kashmiris the right to self-determination, and whatever they decide, Pakistan will accept."
If there is no Afghan reconciliation, the greatest impact will be felt by Pakistan.
A multiethnic democratic Afghanistan that protects the rights of all minority groups is the objective here.
The US has issued no details on any potential withdrawal plan.
Elephant in the room is President Ghani, whose US-backed govt has not been invited to the table despite efforts.
'Great nations don't fight endless wars': Trump defends troops' withdrawal in State of Union address
"After two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace,” says US president.
Resolution, adopted by a 70-26 vote, stresses US "faces threats" from terrorist groups in Syria and Afghanistan.
Gen Scott Miller says peace talks with Afghan Taliban "are positive".
Despite Ghani's appeal for talks, Afghan Taliban have opted to talks to govt opponents, stirring frustration in Kabul.
Author Ahmed Rashid believes Taliban may not agree on ceasefire until they gain more territory.
Americans now want less to do in region, says scholar Vali Nasr at Adab Festival.
“If there is any existentialist threat to America, it’s Trump himself,” says Vali Nasr.
Taliban spokesman outlines the “Islamic system” that the group says it hopes to establish under any peace deal.
Russian minister's remarks on Daesh militant movements from Pakistan 'slip of tongue': foreign ministry
Russia will serve as reliable partner to countries around Afghanistan in effort to ensure border security: official.
"I was a kid, but I remember they burned our school right in front of our eyes," says woman who grew up under Taliban.
Afghan Taliban have so far refused to hold talks with "puppet" government.
No evidence to suggest that Trump's new South Asia policy was effective in bringing stability to Afghanistan: SIGAR.
FO spokesman says no restrictions on Aasia Bibi’s movement.
Sceptics have “rushed to judgement”, US envoy says, adding that “you can't eat an elephant in one bite!”