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    EU, US welcome Peace Jirga's declaration

    KABUL (PAN): The European Union and the United States have welcomed the conclusions of the three-day Afghan National Consultative Peace Jirga that ended in Kabul on Friday.



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    Removal of Taliban from blacklist unlikely: analysts

    KABUL (PAN): The UN was unlikely to remove the names of Taliban leaders from its terror blacklist, unless the militants showed they were serious about renouncing violence, analysts said on Friday.



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    Zaeef, Motawakil stay away from jirga

    KABUL (PAN): Two senior ex-Taliban officials declined an invitation to participate in the Peace Advisory Jirga which has been debating reconciliation with armed insurgents, one of the two said Friday.



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    Female participant stages walkout

    KABUL (PAN): As President Hamid Karzai came to the stage to deliver his speech to participants of the Peace Advisory Jirga, a female parliamentarian from Farah province staged a walkout in protest.



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    Analysts insist on presence of foreign troops

    KABUL (PAN): Foreign troops are needed in Afghanistan and there should be no talk of them withdrawing until Afghan security forces are capable of protecting the country, experts said Friday.



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    Final session gets underway

    KABUL (PAN): The final session of the Peace Advisory Jirga got underway Friday afternoon, soon after President Hamid Karzai arrived at the venue, the Polytechnic University, in the west of the capital.



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    Jirga ends with call for peace commission

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's Peace Jirga ended on Friday with a call for a comprehensive process, including talks with militant groups, to extricate the country from an unrelenting Taliban insurgency and pave the ground for stepped-up reconstruction.



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    US expects updates on jirga from Karzai

    WASHINGTON (PAN): Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said Washington expected to be kept in the loop on the outcome of the Afghan peace jirga, where some 1,400 delegates have been debating how to reconcile with armed insurgents.



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    Jirga finalises recommendations

    KABUL (PAN): Delegates suggested concrete steps to bring about enduring peace in Afghanistan on the final day of the Peace Advisory Jirga in Kabul on Friday.



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    India, US to regularly consult on Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (PAN): India and the United States reiterated their shared interest in building a secure and stable Afghanistan and pledged to consult each other regularly on their activities in the country.