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Afghan peace talks: Quadrilateral group expected to meet in Oman next week

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KABUL: Representatives of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States will meet in Oman next week to discuss reviving peace talks with Afghan Taliban, foreign ministry said in a statement today

However, the ministry did not mention if Afghan Taliban representatives would join the talks. On the other hand, the Afghan Taliban denied receiving any invitation in a video message.

The four-nation Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QGC) has been trying to ease the path to direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, with little success.

Amin Waqad, a close aide to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and a senior member of the High Peace Council (HPC), said, “HPC and government representatives will participate, and it is an important one because the Taliban representatives will be there. We will go with a clear plan.”

A senior Pakistani foreign ministry official confirmed the talks would take place on Oct 16. Last week, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told Voice of America the “quadrilateral arrangement will again be in operation” in Muscat in October.

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Jakarta wants to know why its military chief was stopped from travelling to USA

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JAKARTA: Indonesia said it was still expecting a detailed explanation why its military chief was stopped from traveling to the US today despite having an invitation and a valid visa.

According to details commander of Indonesian armed forces General Gatot Nurmantyo was barred from boarding an Emirates flight to the US on Saturday.

There he had been invited to attend a conference by the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph F Dunford Jr.

“We conveyed that we still await clarification, an explanation why this happened,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told Media after meeting the deputy US ambassador in Jakarta.

Nevertheless, Indonesia has accepted an official apology from USA. 

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Shootout at Bahariya Oasis killed 16 Egyptian policemen

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CAIRO: Sixteen Egyptian policemen and fifteen militants were killed in a shootout at the road between Bahariya Oasis and Cairo in the country’s the Western Desert.

No group has claimed liability for the killings. But according to the local media reports, the militants are supporters of the Hasm Movement, which Egyptian security forces claim is related to the Muslim Brotherhood, banned group that once led the country.

Egypt has been suffering from militants uprising led by an affiliate of the Islamic State that is centered mainly in the northern region of the Sinai Peninsula.

However, country’s efforts have been questioned by a recent rise in the number of attacks on the country.

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Israel-Syria trade fire at Golan Heights

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JERUSALEM: Israeli army struck at Syrian government weaponry retaliating to opening of fire at Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Authorities identified four hits from five rounds launched at the northern Golan from Syria, without reporting any fatalities or damage.

Israeli army stated that it would react forcefully against the Syrian army, according to the situation of who was responsible for the fire and whether it was pre-planned or unintentional.

It is pertinent to mention here that Israel invaded Syria and seized 460 square miles of the Golan Heights in a Six-Day War of 1967.

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