Taliban Open Letter Invites US People to Dialogue

The Afghan Taliban in an "open letter" to the American people have called for dialogue to end a prolonged Afghanistan war. They claim that the increase in US military air strikes did not "reclaim an inch of ground" from the rebels.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid released a copy of the 10-page document in several languages ​​detailing the rebels' progress and so-called the failure of the US-invalid "invalid" invasion, which is now entering its seventeenth year.

The Taliban wrote the letter in the hope that the American people, independent groups and "peace-loving congressmen" will read it "wisely" to evaluate the in front of their military mission in Afghanistan.

The United States committed "evil" to remove the "unity" of the Taliban and al-Qaeda, but "paved the way for anarchy" and the emergence of several groups in the country, the Taliban said the allegations the letter. The allegations seem to refer to, among other things, the rise of Islamic state militants in the country. [al/as]

North Korean Leader Invites South Korean Leader to Visit

North Korean leader invites South Korean leader to visit North whenever South Korean leader has the earliest opportunity.

Kim Yo-jong, North Korea's younger brother Kim Jong-un delivered the invitation at the meeting of the day Saturday (10/2) with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the presidential palace.

"Let's convene the meeting by creating the necessary conditions in the future," South Korean leader Moon Jae-in said in response to the invitation.

See also: North Korean Delegation Arrives to Attend Opening of the Olympics

South Korean political parties reacted variously to the invitation of the North. A spokesman for the ruling Democratic Party said a meeting with North Korea "creates an important momentum for" fostering peace on the Korean Peninsula. "

But opposition parties insist on caution and wonder about North Korea's real intent by conveying

Officially, Kim's sister was in South Korea as part of a high-level North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics.

However, a Yonhap news agency report said she was in South Korea as a "special envoy of Korean leaders North. "

Kim Yo-jong was the first member of the long-ruling family in the North to visit the South since the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War.

He was a senior member of the ruling Workers Party in the North and an important adviser to his brother . [gp]

Trump Invites US Government Policy Supporters Attend SOTU

President Donald Trump follows a presidential tradition for the State of Union (SOTU) on Tuesday (30 /), and invites guests who support important government policies.

Fifteen guests will sit with Mother Melania State Trump in the courtroom of the House of Representatives when Trump speaks in the first year of his tenure.

Invited guests include Corey Adams, a welder who, according to the White House, plans to set aside money from a tax-deductible package to finance his two daughters' education. [19659002] Adams's employer will also be present, Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger, brother-and-sister owners of a manufacturing company. According to them, they can enlarge the business and give employees big bonuses in the last holiday season due to tax reform.

Two married couples, Elizabeth Alvarado and Robert Mickens, along with Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddy Cuevas, parents of women died in the hands of MS-13 gang members, also a guest.

They represent constituents, which highlight Trump's efforts to stop serious crimes by illegal immigrants. The other guest is C.J. Martinez, a special agent of the Immigration and Customs Board, who heads a security investigation unit. The Martinez office managed to capture more than 100 MS-13 gang members.

Trump also invited Ryan Holets, a New Mexico Police officer, who appointed a baby from an opioids addicted parent, a major drug addiction problem in America.

Guest Trumps from US military service including Matthew Bradford, Marine Corps veteran who lost both leg and sight for stepping up a homemade bomb in Iraq in 2007. Another guest was the Army Sergeant Justin Peck, who helped his injured partner in November by an homemade bomb and save his life.

Trump President and First Lady Melania Trump will perform together for the first time in recent days, following a Wall Street Journal report that blue star Stormy Daniels is paid $ 130,000 in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election. , Stormy did not mention his sex scandal with Trump, a few months after Melania Trump gave birth to their son Barron.

According to the New York Times on Tuesday, Melania Trump was shocked by the report of the bribery and very angry with Trump. He canceled a plan to accompany the president to Davos, Switzerland on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Democrats share tickets to the speech to guests opposing Trump's policies. Including young immigrants who in their childhood were illegally brought to America by their parents.

Democratic Member of the House of Representatives, Debbie Dingell, invited Cindy Garcia, whose husband Jorge Garcia was recently deported to Mexico by the Trump , having lived in America for 30 years.

Joe Kennedy, a member of the Democratic House of Representatives, invited
transgender soldier Patricia King to highlight the Trump ban for transgender serving in the military.

And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York invited Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, who criticized the Trump government's response to the destruction of Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria. [ps/jm]

Trump Invites French President Macron to State Visit

President Donald Trump will invite French President Emmanuel Macron to make a state visit to the White House this year, officials in Washington say.

Trump for the first time since taking office will host a state visit. A state visit, in which one of the heads of state hosts another, is considered to be the most official and prestigious kind of diplomatic visit. This shows a friendly relationship between two sovereign states.

The Macron couple are scheduled to visit the White House in late April. The White House has not confirmed the report Tuesday that the visit was a state visit.

In July last year, the Macron family hosted the Trump couple in Paris for a private dinner at the Eiffel Tower and the annual parade of commemorations Bastille Day. The event was considered a less formal visit than a banquet at the presidential palace.

Trump and Macron managed to maintain their relationship and remain friendly, despite differences in some important issues, especially the US retreat from the Paris Climate Agreement. [ps/jm]

Russian President Invites US President to Conduct Controversial Dialogue

In the New Year's telegram to US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin said a constructive dialogue between the two countries is crucial to world stability.

The Kremlin said on Saturday (30/12) that Putin emphasized in his Happy New Year to Trump for Russia and America to develop pragmatic cooperation with a long-term perspective based on "equality and mutual respect."

Putin argues that "the development of constructive Russian-American dialogue is essential to strengthening strategic stability in the world and finding the optimal answer to challenges and threats worldwide. "

The relationship between Moscow and Washington fell to the post-Cold War level after the annexation of the Crimea by Russia in 2014 and accusations of Russian interference in last year's US presidential election. [gp]