The reactivation of US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban's wish to resume talks offer hope of peace.
Islam is the only force which can bring the fractious Afghan ethnic groups together to run a country.
Both China and the Taliban want talks with the US to resume.
The United States has cut more than US$ 160m in direct funding to Afghanistan
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai refused to be drawn on the many direct Taliban attacks which had killed ordinary men, women and children.
Strategically located Afghanistan has been invaded by many powers but none has been able to hold it.
US warplanes dropped more than 7,300 munitions on Afghanistan in 2018, compared to 4,361 in 2017 and just 947 in 2015.
Sharing power is anathema for militants and extremists and the Taliban is militant and extremist
Taliban did not and will not want an agreement as it believes in exercising unbridled power.
Taliban is notorious for doublespeak and when it says there is no link between the Kashmir issue and the Afghan settlement, the opposite may be true, says former Ambassador Bhadrakumar