Pakistan: ‘Progress’ made at Taliban-US talks

US, Taliban and Qatar officials meet in Doha to discuss a peace agreement for Pakistan. (Qatari Foreign Ministry via Reuters)
Updated 12 March 2019

Pakistan: ‘Progress’ made at Taliban-US talks

  • The talks between US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives have gone on days longer than initially expected
  • The Taliban refuse to negotiate with Kabul, which is not taking part in the Qatar talks

DOHA, Qatar: Pakistan’s foreign minister says “progress has been made” at ongoing peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the US that have stretched over two weeks.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke on Tuesday at a news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Islamabad.
Qureshi didn’t elaborate, though he added: “Pakistan has encouraged all factions within Afghanistan to sit together and have a meaningful intra-Afghan dialogue.”
The talks between US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives have gone on days longer than initially expected in Doha, the Qatari capital.
The US had asked Pakistan to assist in its efforts to find a negotiated peace with the Taliban to end the longest war in American history.
The Taliban refuse to negotiate with Kabul, which isn’t taking part in the Qatar talks.


Fire at sawmill in Siberian village kills 11

Updated 21 January 2020

Fire at sawmill in Siberian village kills 11

  • Ten victims were identified as Uzbek nationals and one as a Tajik
  • The fire broke out in a single-story wooden building rented by an unnamed Chinese company and used as a dormitory for the sawmill workers

Moscow: A fire at a sawmill in a village in Russia’s Siberia killed 11 people and injured two more on Tuesday morning, emergency officials said. One person remains unaccounted-for.

Ten victims were identified as Uzbek nationals and one as a Tajik.

The fire broke out in a single-story wooden building rented by an unnamed Chinese company and used as a dormitory for the sawmill workers. It was most likely sparked by a malfunctioning electric heater, local authorities said. Firefighters battled the blaze for more than two hours.

A total of 14 people — Uzbek, Tajik and Chinese nationals — lived in the building, in the Tomsk region. Two workers were able to get out but sustained injuries. The fate of the final occupant is unknown.

Russian police have opened a criminal probe.

Uzbek officials said they were working on identifying the bodies and transporting them back to Uzbekistan.

Earlier this month a fire at a greenhouse farm in a Moscow suburb killed eight migrant workers from Vietnam.