More than 4,500 clerics and elders who attended the gathering renewed their allegiance and loyalty to the Taliban’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada.
US and Taliban representatives in the Qatari capital Doha worked on details to preserve $3.5 billion in Afghan central bank reserves "for the benefit of the Afghan people."
The reclusive figure's appearance added symbolic heft to the meeting and to the decisions the group is considering about Afghanistan’s future.
The meeting aimed to address grievances and a variety of other issues, according to Taliban leadership.
"Negotiations are under way and it is our expectation that a final proposal under discussion will be finalised," says Shah Mehrabi of Central Bank of Afghanistan.
As Afghan officials appeal for humanitarian aid following the earthquake that rocked the country's east, calls urging the US to return Afghanistan's frozen assets grow.
An earthquake that struck a remote border region of Afghanistan has killed at least 1,000 people, with the toll expected to rise as desperate rescuers dig through collapsed dwellings.
The police department said one Sikh person was killed and seven others were wounded in the attack, while a Taliban security official died during the rescue operation.
"There is such a possibility. Its conditions were determined by both the Russian president and foreign minister," says Zamir Kabulov, Russia's special envoy for the South Asian country.
The bomb explosion occurred in Kabul’s southern region, the latest in a series of deadly attacks that have rocked Afghanistan in recent months.
Decision was made after "substantial progress" in the talks with the 50-member team of elders from Pakistan in the Afghan capital, says outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.
The UN says 22 million people inside Afghanistan and a further 5.7 million displaced Afghans in five neighbouring countries need vital relief this year.
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