WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Thursday said its soldier held hostage by the Taliban since 2009 should be released immediately, accepting that the issue of prisoners exchange was on the agenda for direct talks with the Afghan insurgents.
WASHINGTON (PAN): India on Thursday said it remained committed to development and peace in Afghanistan and would continue to do so after 2014 when foreign troops are scheduled to withdraw from the country and hand over security to Afghan forces.
WASHINGTON (PAN): Hours after the US Department of Defense and NATO announced that its forces had committed mistakes on the Afghan-Pak border on November 26, the White House accepted its responsibility and vowed to address trust deficit with Pakistan.
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US and NATO-led forces acted in self-defence after being attacked on November 26, when 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed, but mistakes were committed by both sides, the Pentagon and the alliance said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top Obama administration official on Friday said the recent Bonn conference was a success in which the international community committed itself to peace and security in Afghanistan.