A senior Iranian official says military solutions have proved futile in resolving the Afghanistan conflict, and that a withdrawal of foreign forces could promote efforts to restore calm to the war-torn Asian state.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group on Wednesday as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war.
At least 23 people, mostly soldiers, were killed and more than a dozen wounded in a series of attacks and suicide bombings in Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, the latest assaults on the war-torn country's beleaguered security forces.
The Afghan president and Pakistani prime minister have inaugurated a 1,814 kilometer gas pipeline that will carry Turkmenistan’s natural gas to Afghanistan as well as Pakistan and India after its construction officially began on the Afghan-Turkmen border.
Iran has issued permits for 165 Afghan companies to invest and operate in the strategic port of Chabahar in the southeastern province of Sistan-Balouchestan that is on a course to open a transport corridor to landlocked Central Asian nations.