58 Afghan security forces captured by Taliban

Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry says Taliban militants have captured 58 soldiers after days of fighting during which dozens of troops briefly chased into neighboring Turkmenistan in the latest blow to Kabul’s beleaguered security forces.

US ends contact with Mohib

Following the Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib blasted Washington’s peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad over talks with the Taliban, US decided to end contact with Dr. Mohib.

Ministry of interior affairs:

Mullah Zaeef`s haouse in Kabul not surrounded

Security forces surrounded the house of Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, a former ambassador of Taliban for Pakistan during their regime in Kabul. However, the Ministry of Interior said the operation was carried out to arrested a wanted criminal not Mullah Zaeef.

Zarif:

Iran supports Afghan-led peace process

Mohammad Umar Daudzai, the head of Afghan HPC’s secretariat who is also president Ghani’s special envoy for regional consensus on peace, met Saturday with the Iranian Foreign Minister (FM) M. Jawad Zarif in Tehran.

Iran promises to support Afghan peace process

President Ghani’s special envoy and senior adviser in reconciliation affairs, Mohammad Omar Daudzai, met Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi.

Ghani left Kabul for UAE

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday left for United Arab Emirates leading a delegation of high level government officials.

US, China challenge over `Belt and Road’ in Afghan Resolution

The United States and China clashed Friday over Beijing’s $1 trillion “belt and road” global infrastructure program after the Security Council unanimously approved a bare bones resolution extending the mandate of the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan for six months.