Monday, 24 January, 2022
TopicZalmay Khalilzad

Topic: Zalmay Khalilzad

Jaishankar speaks to US special envoy on Afghanistan, takes stock of Taliban peace talks

The Afghanistan issue is also expected to come up in the upcoming Quad summit and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's visit to India later this month.

Afghanistan to resume peace talks with Taliban under shadow of targeted killings

Since the intra-Afghan talks began in September in Qatar's Doha, violence has increased in the country, including an attack on Kabul University which killed dozens of students.

Khalilzad talks ‘possible India-US cooperation’ over Afghan dialogue on 5th Delhi trip in 2 yrs

Khalilzad met External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, among others, as he arrived in New Delhi Tuesday. The visit comes days after Kabul kicked off peace talks with Taliban.

US’ Afghan peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to meet Jaishankar and Doval in Delhi today

Zalmay Khalilzad had last visited India in May to update New Delhi on Taliban peace talks. His Tuesday visit comes amid intra-Afghan talks going on in Doha.

India unlikely to talk to Taliban directly despite US push to change stance

New Delhi has made it clear to US peace talks official Zalmay Khalilzad that India wants Taliban to first recognise the democratic Afghanistan government.

Taliban dropped India from its thank you list. Delhi should face new Afghanistan realities

Economic aid never fails to produce influence, and India should know that. Our aid must not only continue, but it should increase with firm commitments.

Afghanistan is not Vietnam. US should know that walking away won’t be that easy

In the Taliban’s mind, their Emirate still exists. That is why in their deal with the US, there are multiple references to the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan'.

US-Afghan peace deal relies on old flaws, dated assumptions. Taliban of 2020 has changed

Afghan deal menu was made by Pakistan, cooked by US, paid by Doha. Taliban gets the starter, Pakistan & Trump campaign gets main dish, Afghan govt, the dessert. 

3 reasons why Trump called off peace deal with Taliban that no one in US wanted to touch

While naysayers are quick to point to all the pitfalls that will follow an agreement with the Taliban, no one has alternatives to offer.

Trump has avoided a bad deal with Taliban that was unlikely to bring peace to Afghanistan

Instead of seeing Taliban for what they are, Khalilzad and his team approached them as ‘noble savages’ battling for their traditional religious values.

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Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.

Defence

File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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