In a wide-ranging interview, Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov discussed his country’s relations with the EU, the situation with "fraternal neighbour" Afghanistan, regional cooperation, and strategies for a 'Third Renaissance' of Uzbekistan.
Afghanistan's Taliban government is pressing for the release of billions of dollars of central bank reserves as the drought-stricken nation faces a cash crunch, mass starvation and a new migration crisis.
The Taliban will hold face-to-face talks with European Union officials, the acting foreign minister said on Monday (11 October), in a diplomatic push by the hardline Islamists groping for international support.
The United States said the first face-to-face meeting between senior US and Taliban officials since the hardline group retook power in Afghanistan was "candid and professional" and that the Taliban would be judged on their actions, not just their words.
Russia will invite representatives of the Taliban to international talks on Afghanistan that it plans to host in Moscow on 20 October, President Vladimir Putin's special representative on Afghanistan said on Thursday (7 October).
It is necessary to create conditions for dialogue with the new government in Afghanistan, regardless of its political attitudes and ideologies. This is very important for both the Central Asian countries and the EU, Kazakhstan's Talgat Kaliyev told EURACTIV in an interview.
Following the chaotic evacuation of international embassy staff from Kabul in August, the European External Action Service is now “working on a possible presence on the ground”, according to an EU official during an off-the-record briefing on Monday (27 September).
The top US military officers from United States and Russia held six hours of talks in Helsinki, in the first face-to-face meeting between them since 2019 as both nations adjust to the US pullout and Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
The United States said Tuesday (14 September) it had evacuated nearly 500 "military and civilian" Afghans from Uzbekistan, while the Central Asian country declared there were now no Afghan refugees on its territory.
Donors have pledged more than $1.1 billion to help Afghanistan, where poverty and hunger have spiralled since the Islamist Taliban took power, and foreign aid has dried up, raising the spectre of a mass exodus.
The first international commercial flight under Afghanistan's new Taliban interim government departed Kabul on Thursday (9 September) carrying more than 100 foreigners, including some US citizens left behind after last month's chaotic Western airlift.
The Taliban drew from its inner high echelons to fill top posts in Afghanistan's new government, including an associate of the Islamist militant group's founder as premier and a wanted man on a US terrorism list as interior minister.
The Taliban claimed victory on Monday (6 September) over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, completing their takeover of the country following the stunning capture of Kabul last month and the chaotic withdrawal of foreign troops.
About 1,000 people, including Americans, have been stuck in Afghanistan for days awaiting clearance for their charter flights to leave, an organizer told Reuters, blaming the delay on the US State Department.
Taliban forces and fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud battled in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, more than two weeks after the Islamist militia seized power, as Taliban leaders in the capital, Kabul, worked to form a government.
Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers struggled to keep the country functioning on Wednesday (1 September) after the final withdrawal of US forces, with foreign donors alarmed about an impending humanitarian crisis.
The European Union will need to engage with the Taliban but it will not rush into formally recognising the Islamist militant group as the new rulers of Afghanistan, a senior European Union official said on Wednesday (1 September).
Facing sharp criticism over the tumultuous US withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden said it was the best available option to end both the United States' longest war and decades of fruitless efforts to remake other countries through military force.
Celebratory gunfire echoed across Kabul as Taliban fighters took control of the airport before dawn following the withdrawal of the last US troops, ending 20 years of war that left the Islamic militia stronger than it was in 2001.
France, Britain and Germany are working on a United Nations proposal aimed at establishing a safe zone in Kabul to allow safe passage for people trying to leave Afghanistan, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday (29 August).