The United Nations' top official in Afghanistan met the Taiban's chief negotiator in Qatar on Thursday, the movement's chief spokesman said, as moves continue to try to start full peace negotiations to end more than 17 years of war.
Egypt's blue-chip index and the Qatar
stock market rose modestly on Wednesday, buoyed by their
financial shares, while the Saudi index edged up on the back of
its cement producers.
The Egyptian index rose 0.9 percent, after its
largest lender Comme
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called the Afghan president to express disappointment over the indefinite postponement of talks with the Taliban and to condemn the insurgent's latest "spring offensive."
Authority (QIA) and private realty firm Crown Acquisitions said
on Friday they were the unnamed investors in a deal with Vornado
Realty Trust valued at $5.56 billion that involves a
portfolio of prime New York retail properties.
The U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan expressed disappointment on Friday after the collapse of a planned meeting between the Taliban and a group of Afghan politicians in Qatar that exposed some of the deep divisions hampering efforts to end the war.
The latest meetings between the Taliban and Afghan politicians and civil society representatives aimed at ending more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan are set to begin on Friday in an atmosphere clouded by mistrust and uncertainty.
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