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JIAOZUO, China (AP) — Wang Yuetang’s sneakers sink into the mud of what was once his thriving corn and peanut farm as he surveys the damage done by an unstable climate. Three months after torrential rains flooded much of central China’s Henan province, stretches of the country’s flat agricultural heartland are still submerged in several inches of water. It’s one of the many calamities around the world that are giving urgency to the U.N. climate summit underway in Glasgow, Scotland. ”There is nothing this year. It’s all gone,” Wang said. “Farmers on the lowland basically have no harvest, nothing.
Pakistan is hosting US , China & Russia in its Troika Plus meeting on Afghanistan that will be attended by special representatives from all 4 countries, a diplomatic official said.
The US also seems to show some concern towards the humanitarian crisis arising out of restrictions on banks,” a Pakistani official says. He said the US would also try to assess the position of Russia , China and Pakistan on the current situation in Afghanistan . “The meltdown of the Afghan state [apparatus] and society can be worrying for the US as it would cause proliferation of terrorist and militant groups, spreading instability
Moscow will host the United States , China and Pakistan next week for talks on Afghanistan , the Kremlin's envoy to the country told Russian news agencies on Friday. News agencies cited Zamir Kabulov as saying the meeting would take place on Tuesday and that the countries “will try to work out a
An official privy to the development said Sadiq will lead the delegation in the Troika-plus meeting on October 19 with China , Russia and the US and the Moscow-format consultations on October 20. Russia is hosting the two meetings on Afghanistan for the first time since the Taliban takeover of
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Thursday hosted talks with special envoys from the United States, Russia and China on the path forward for Afghanistan, where a deepening humanitarian crisis has forced many Afghans to migrate to neighboring countries since the Taliban takeover in August. © Provided by Associated Press In this photo released by Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, center, pose for photograph with the special envoys from United States, Russia and China, prior to a meeting on Afghanistan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Pakistan hosted talks with special envoys from the United States, Russia and China on the path forward for Afghanistan, where deepening humanitarian crisis has forced many Afghans to migrate to neighboring countries since the Taliban takeover in August. (Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)
Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi was also present in Islamabad but he did not attend the meeting, dubbed the “troika plus."
The US just got out of Afghanistan and it's already at risk of getting sucked into another country's war
Opinion: If the US isn't careful, deepening its security relationship with Pakistan could drag the US into Islamabad's internal conflicts.US troops may no longer be huddling in large bases on the outskirts of Kabul or engaging in counterinsurgency operations, but the Biden administration has been clear that the US will conduct over-the-horizon counterterrorism strikes if the situation calls for it.
Islamabad [ Pakistan ], November 10 (ANI): Pakistan will host senior diplomats from the United States , China and Russia in Islamabad to discuss the situation in Afghanistan on Thursday. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and its National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf will chair the ‘Troika Plus’ meeting. The representative of the four countries will also meet Afghanistan ’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Dawn reported. Muttaqi is set to arrive in Islamabad on Wednesday. It is the first visit to Pakistan by an Afghan minister since the Taliban seized control of Kabul in August.
India is hosting senior security officials from Russia , Iran and five Central Asian countries to discuss the situation in Afghanistan , but no Afghan representative is in attendance. India’s archrival Pakistan and China also declined to attend the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan held on Wednesday following the fall of
India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had invited security chiefs from Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia , Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan for the talks . “This is a time for close consultation among us ,” Doval said in opening remarks before the meeting.
Muttaqi will meet with his Pakistani counterpart later Thursday. According to Afghanistan's foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the Afghan foreign minister will also follow up with the special envoys on Afghanistan.
The participants of the troika plus meeting are expected to issue an appeal for the world community to urgently provide humanitarian aid to the Afghan people. They also are set to urge the Taliban to respect human and women's rights and to ensure an inclusive government.
The latest development comes weeks after Russia hosted a similar talks on Afghanistan, but Washington at the time stayed way due to logistical reasons. On Wednesday, India hosted senior security officials from Russia, Iran and five Central Asian countries to discuss the ramifications of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in talks that were boycotted by rival Pakistan and its ally China.
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Sarina and her two-year-old daughter made a harrowing escape from Afghanistan in late August, but she’s pleading for help to save her at-risk family that's still behind. She said she came to terms with dying during her first attempt to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 19, surrounded by shouting, gunshots and beatings in a sea of thousands of people desperate to flee -- but she said she told herself if she could just get her two-year-old daughter out of the Taliban's Afghanistan, it would be OK.
© Provided by Associated Press In this photo released by Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, center front, arrives with the special envoys from United States, Russia and China, prior to a meeting on Afghanistan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Pakistan hosted talks with special envoys from the United States, Russia and China on the path forward for Afghanistan, where deepening humanitarian crisis has forced many Afghans to migrate to neighboring countries since the Taliban takeover in August. (Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)
Russia hosts the Taliban for talks in Moscow on Wednesday, seeking to assert its influence on Central Asia and push for action against Islamic State (IS) fighters which it says have massed in perennially volatile Afghanistan . The talks , which draw officials from 10 countries including China and Pakistan , are one of the Taliban's most significant international meetings since seizing power in mid-August. They come after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned last week that IS fighters were gathering in Afghanistan to spread discord in former Soviet republics flanking Russia .
Pakistan will host a meeting of the so-called Troika Plus on Thursday, which is aimed at contributing to the ongoing efforts for achieving peace in Afghanistan . Diplomats from China , Russia , the U . S . and Pakistan will participate in the meeting in Islamabad, according to a statement by Pakistan ’s foreign ministry on Wednesday.
The Taliban seized power following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. Since the takeover in August, the world community has not recognized the Taliban regime over human rights issues and a lack of inclusivity in their Cabinet.
In his remarks at the meeting, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed his concern that any economic collapse in Afghanistan could cause instability in the whole region and beyond.
Afghanistan's Taliban-appointed foreign minister visits Pakistan
Afghanistan's Taliban-appointed foreign minister visits PakistanActing Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi will lead a delegation to Islamabad to discuss "Pakistan-Afghanistan relations with a particular focus ... on enhanced trade, facilitation of transit trade, cross-border movement, land and aviation links, people-to-people contacts, and regional connectivity", Pakistan's foreign ministry said.
MOSCOW (AFP): Moscow will host the United States , China and Pakistan next week for talks on Afghanistan , the Kremlin’s envoy to the country told Russian news agencies. News agencies cited Zamir Kabulov as saying the meeting would take place on Tuesday and that the countries “will try to
Putin on Friday said there was no need to rush with official recognition of the Taliban but noted that “ we understand that we need to interact with them”. In the 1980s, Moscow fought a disastrous decade-long war in Afghanistan that killed up to two million Afghans , forced seven million more from their homes
“All of us have common concerns related to Afghanistan and also have a shared interest in the country’s peace and stability," he said.
“We are confident that troika plus’ engagement with the new Afghan government will help consolidate peace and stability, promote sustainable economic development and help constrict space for terrorist outfits operating from and within Afghanistan," he said.
Qureshi said Afghanistan is at the brink of an economic collapse and called for the release of Afghan funds frozen by the world community.
“With international funding dried up, it has become difficult to pay even salaries, let alone pursue development projects," he added. "The common man is reeling under the effects of a severe drought. Any further downward slide will severely limit the new administration’s capacity to run the government" in Afghanistan.
Pakistan says the presence of Afghan representative was necessary in such talks.
In remarks after the meeting, Qureshi said he told participants that the talks would be more productive with the Taliban representative in the room. He said the next troika plus meeting will be held in Beijing, where the Taliban representative will be invited.
Qureshi said any instability in Afghanistan will directly affect Pakistan, but also Europe and other nations. He added that he will inform Muttaqi about the outcome of Thursday's troika plus meeting.
Pakistan has been urging nations to free Afghanistan’s assets to enable the Taliban government use its own money to avert the deepening crisis. Currently, Kabul does not have access to the Afghanistan central bank’s $9 billion in reserves, most of which is held by the New York Federal Reserve.
China, Russia to Train Together Against Terror as Last U.S. Troops Exit Afghanistan .
More than 10,000 troops from China and Russia will participate jointly in an exercise next month designed to, among other things, enhance their "capability to fight against terrorist forces and jointly safeguard regional peace and security."The Chinese Defense Ministry and Russian Defense Ministry issued a joint statement Thursday stating that the Western Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army will join troops from Russia's Eastern Military District for a large-scale exercise called West-Interaction 2021, which will be held in early and mid-August in the city of Qingtongxia, which lies along the Yellow River in China's northern Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.