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The Department of Defense had suspended the entire $900 million of the Coalition Support Fund money to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017 The Department of Defense had suspended the entire $900 million of the Coalition Support Fund money to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017
Melinda Barton | 20 March, 2018, 16:59

The Afghan president has proposed to the Taliban a ceasefire and an opportunity to organize as a legitimate political group and pursue their objectives through peaceful means.

Earlier on Friday, United Nations Security Council urged Taliban group to participate in the peace process initiated by the Afghan government to enable Taliban to be converted into a political group without any preconditions or resorting to violent threats.

"The Vice President stated that USA efforts to eliminate terrorist groups who threaten United States security and the stability of the region will continue and noted that Pakistan could and should work closer with the U.S.", the White House said.

In private, Taliban leaders have suggested they might need worldwide support during the transition to help stabilize the country economically and politically.

The Pakistani delegation, comprising senior civilian and military officials, was led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua while Afghan delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai in the discussion. "We are sincerely trying to persuade them" and their allied Haqqani group to join the Afghan reconciliation process, he said.

Specifically, the US has spent almost a $1 trillion and lost more than 2,260 American service members, primarily to Taliban attacks, since the war began in October 2001.

Separately, a spokesman for the High Peace Council, a group heading efforts to end the conflict in Afghanistan, said no date was confirmed for the Indonesian initiative.

Violence in Afghanistan has not subsided.

A top Pakistani army officer and his security guard have reportedly embraced martyrdom in an roadside explosion in the restive Afghan province of Zabul.

Several high-profile attacks on Kabul this year have also exposed security vulnerabilities of Afghan and foreign forces. Days before, an attack on one of Kabul's luxury hotels left more than 20 people dead, including many foreigners.

"While there have been actions to date, these actions have not reduced violence; these actions have not produced an end to sanctuaries and support inside Pakistan", Nicholson said.