The U-N Security Council is to meet today (Wednesday) to discuss a plan for an interim Afghan government replacing the Taleban.
The plan put forward by Lakhdar Brahimi - the special U-N envoy for Afghanistan - calls for a two-year, multi-ethnic transitional government, which the anti-Taleban Northern Alliance has endorsed.
Mr. Brahimi, who recently held talks with various Afghan groups in Pakistan and Iran, say the Northern Alliance and representatives of other Afghan groups should meet "as soon as possible" to form a provisional government backed by an international force.
The United States, Britain and Russia along with other members of the international community want the United Nations to play a key role in overseeing a political settlement in Afghanistan and re-building the war-shattered country.
Tuesday, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf called for an international peace-keeping force - particularly from Muslim nations - to be deployed in Afghanistan immediately.
Meanwhile, Iran's Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari is visiting Pakistan for talks about the future of Afghanistan, following the collapse of the Taleban government.
Turkey says it has decided to re-open its diplomatic missions in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. A statement says the move is aimed at facilitating communication with anti-Taleban Afghan groups to form a stable government in Kabul. Turkey is also preparing for possible deployment of a peace-keeping force in Afghanistan.