No military solution in Afghanistan, UN chief says on Kabul visit


Meanwhile, the Afghan presidential palace in a statement Sunday night said two of the country's top security officials were suspended in the wake of the violence in Kabul. The statement further quoted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as saying they wanted peace with Pakistan and the issue should be resolved by the governments.

He is said to have made the comments during a meeting with women's rights activists about security in Afghanistan.

May 31 Kabul truck bombing was the worst attack in 2017, making it one of the deadliest attacks in the Afghan capital since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001.

The Afghan government has blamed the Taliban-allied Haqqani network for the deadly bombing in Kabul's diplomatic quarter which left more than 150 people dead.

President's deputy spokesman Najibullah Azad said, "This time the quadrilateral meeting which will be held between Afghanistan, Pakistan, US and China would be different compared to past meetings".

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The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said an aide to the militant commander was also killed in the strike.

Two weeks ago, a suicide truck bomber detonated his explosives in Zanbaq Square in Kabul city close to the German embassy and the Roshan Telecommunications Company.

The official said Trump will be presented with an "ambitious" review of the US's policies in South Asia that will go beyond recommendations on the United States fight in Afghanistan to include U.S. policy toward neighboring India and Pakistan. Over 150 people were killed and hundreds more wounded. However Pakistan has denied involvement.

The aid package consists of six separate grants, the largest of which, valued at $205.45 million, will help the country support internally displaced persons and returnees from Pakistan.