January 24, 1987 |
Afghanistan's ruling People's Democratic Party will relinquish power if it is rejected in national elections, the Afghan ambassador to India, Abdul Samad Azhar, said Friday. He declined to say how soon elections would be held. Speaking at a news conference at the Afghan Embassy here, Azhar said the recent call by the Kabul government for national reconciliation was "so that all those who are interested and have a platform can help to build the new Afghanistan."
November 18, 1988 |
A Soviet official conceded on Thursday that Moscow had made a mistake in believing the Kabul government could gain control of Afghanistan. Yevgeny M. Primakov said the Kremlin, whose forces have backed the Kabul regime since 1979, now wants a coalition Afghan government composed of all factions including the ruling People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan.
June 6, 1989 |
President Bush, amid praise for Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's efforts to aid the Afghan resistance, pledged today to join her in exploring "any serious avenue" to a political solution to the bloody conflict in Afghanistan. "Prime Minister Bhutto and I reviewed the situation in Afghanistan. . . . We agreed . . . that the job is not done," Bush said of the Afghan rebels' struggle to topple the Marxist regime in Kabul. The two leaders met for an hour with the Afghan situation the centerpiece of their discussions.
June 7, 1989 |
President Bush, after meeting in private for nearly an hour with Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, pledged Tuesday that the United States will "explore any serious avenue" to a political solution to the bloody military stalemate in war-torn Afghanistan. In a separate statement during an official White House ceremony after their meeting, Bhutto stressed that her nation also "remains committed to a political solution of the Afghan problem," principally because "Pakistan's commitment to peace and democracy are fundamental."
February 21, 1989 |
Premier Mohammed Hassan Sharq resigned Monday, broadening the power of President Najibullah. Sharq, 63, had remained in Najibullah's 28-member Cabinet after a weekend shake-up in which the president replaced seven of 10 non-Communist Party ministers with members of his Marxist People's Democratic Party. Sharq is not a member of the ruling party but had been selected as premier by Najibullah last May to help portray his government as enjoying broader support.
August 14, 2002 |
In the first visit by an Iranian head of state to neighboring Afghanistan in 40 years, President Mohammad Khatami threw his support Tuesday behind the U.S.-backed government here but strongly criticized the American approach to the global war on terrorism. Apparently referring to the ongoing hunt by U.S.