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UN Says 30672 People Displaced Due To Continued Fighting In Afghanistan

UN Says 30672 People Displaced Due To Continued Fighting In Afghanistan

Ghani, during a meeting with Mattis, described the new USA strategy as a game changer, allowing Kabul to extend its peace offer to the Taliban without doing so from a position of weakness.

Conference participants will call for an urgent start of direct talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban, the press office of UzbekistanĀ“s foreign ministry said in a written reply to questions from Reuters.

The group said last month that it was open to reaching a political settlement and negotiating, but has not responded to President Ghani's peace offer so far.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered talks without preconditions with the Taliban insurgents last month, in what was seen by USA officials as a major overture from Kabul.

"It may not be that the whole Taliban comes over in one fell swoop, that would be a bridge too far, but there are elements of the Taliban clearly interested in talking to the Afghan government", Mattis told reporters aboard a military jet. However, Mattis said that there had been interest registered by Talib groups "even before the Kabul conference".

The group controlled Afghanistan until 2001, when it was overthrown by the US-led coalition that invaded the country following the 9/11 attacks.

United Nations said that over 445,000 people were displaced due to conflict in the country in 2017.

The US has a renewed focus on Afghanistan after years of drawdowns under former president Barack Obama and talk by top US generals of "not winning" and of a "stalemate" in the seemingly intractable conflict.

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"The victory will be a political reconciliation".

It marks Mattis' third visit to the country, where about 11,000 USA troops are stationed.

They have offered to talk directly to the United States about a possible peace agreement.

Mattis said the jump in attacks on civilians was an indication that a pressured Taliban is unable to conduct broader, ground-taking operations.

In exchange for these provisions, Ghani said the Taliban should officially recognize the Western-backed Afghan government and the country's constitution.

The UN said on Tuesday that 30,672 people have been displaced in Afghanistan since the beginning of the year due to continued conflict.

Mattis also said he had seen some changes in Pakistan's behaviour since Trump blasted the country past year for harbouring the Taliban.