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Here’s What Biden Must Do Before We Leave Afghanistan
The New York Times
May 4, 2021
Last month, President Biden announced a complete withdrawal of all United States troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the day terrorists killed almost 3,000 people. Many in the defense and intelligence communities oppose the move. A complete withdrawal based
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Du Youkang on China’s Stake in Afghanistan
The Diplomat
May 4, 2021
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could reshape dynamics across South and Central Asia, should Afghanistan take a turn for the worst as many fear. Developments are being watched closely in Beijing, which has increased its presence in the region under the Belt and Road Initiative, and continues to have concerns about the potential for terrorism to spill across international borders.
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Afghanistan’s Moment of Risk and Opportunity
Foreign Affairs
May 4, 2021
President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw the remaining 2,500 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September represents a turning point for the country and our neighbors. The Afghan government respects the decision and views it as a moment of both opportunity and risk for itself, for Afghans, for the Taliban, and for the region.
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Afghan Women’s Problems Don’t End With the Taliban
Foreign Policy
May 3, 2021
A newly declassified U.S. intelligence assessment paints a grim picture for the future of women’s rights in Afghanistan after American and international troops withdraw from the country later this year, warning of a deterioration even if the Taliban fail to take power.
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US senators introduce bill to establish duty-free economic zones along Pak-Afghan border
Geo News
May 1, 2021
The bill is called the 'Pakistan-Afghanistan Economic Development Act'. The legislation proposes the set up of a reconstruction opportunity zones along Pak-Afghan border areas.
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Afghanistan- Taliban leadership divided into parts: Saraj
MENAFN
April 25, 2021
Intelligence Chief, Ahmad Zia Saraj says that a major vacuum has been created in the Taliban leadership as the group is fractured between Quetta and Peshawar shuras (councils).
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Afghanistan- Covid-19: cases 113, deaths 10
MENAFN
April 24, 2021
Afghanistan recorded 113 new cases of the pandemic of Covid-19 with an additional fatality of 10 deaths within past 24 hours, health officials said on Saturday. Mirwais Fazli, a spokesman for the ministry of public health said that the new cases were recorded out of 1,100 samples.
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AFGHANISTAN OFFERS GLOBAL SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Fair Planet
April 23, 2021
War is not the only cause behind the existential crisis for many in Afghanistan. Being among the least polluting nations on earth with just 0.1 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions, the country has borne the brunt of climate change recently.
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Najibullah, Janat help Afghanistan complete 3-0 clean-sweep over Zimbabwe
India Today
April 21, 2021
Afghanistan rode on Najibullah Zadran's career-best 72 to register a 47-run victory in the third and final T20I and complete a 3-0 series sweep against Zimbabwe in Abu Dhabi, on Saturday.
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Iran invited to conference on Afghanistan in Istanbul
MEHR News
April 14, 2021
"Invitations have been sent to Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, to the EU high commissioner, the NATO secretary-general, and the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation," the source was quoted as saying by TASS.
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Turkish ministers attend NATO meeting on Afghanistan
AA
April 14, 2021
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar attended a NATO meeting on Afghanistan on Wednesday.
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Co Tyrone teenager Cara teams up with Afghan Women’s Orchestra
News Letter
April 14, 2021
Cara Monaghan from Cookstown features on a video with Afghanistan’s first women’s orchestra - also known as Ensemble Zohra - as part of an international partnership with local intercultural arts charity Beyond Skin.
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Afghanistan- Ghani, Blinken Discuss Upcoming Turkey Peace Conference
MENAFN
April 13, 2021
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he spoke with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to discuss the peace process and the upcoming Turkey conference. Ghani said on Twitter that they also spoke about the upcoming phone call him and US President Joe Biden.
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Taliban and Afghan Government to Attend Peace Talks in Turkey
VOA
April 13, 2021
The Taliban and Afghanistan’s government will join upcoming talks to begin the peace process in Afghanistan, Turkey’s foreign ministry announced on Tuesday.
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US, Turkey see win-win partnership in Afghanistan and beyond
Asia Times
April 12, 2021
Acting on Washington’s request, Turkey will be hosting high-level talks on the Afghanistan peace process this April to bring together the Afghan government and the Taliban. Turkey has appointed a special envoy to assume the mediation role.
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Iran, Afghanistan Sign MoU to Build 2nd Cross-Border Bridge
Financial Tribune
April 10, 2021
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Iran and the neighboring Afghanistan for the construction of a second bridge connecting Milak and Zaranj counties in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan Province to Afghanistan’s Nimruz Province to facilitate trade interactions between the two sides.
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Afghanistan’s Security Is Linked to World Security, Says Senior Afghan Diplomat
The Epoch Times
April 9, 2021
Ahead of the May 1 troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the country’s ambassador to India told The Epoch Times in an exclusive interview that the withdrawal of troops shouldn’t be time-bound, as the Afghans are fighting international terrorism, not a civil war.
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‘My Good Fight’: Being a Woman in Afghanistan’s Politics
The Diplomat
April 9, 2021
Politics in Afghanistan has always been fraught, especially for women. Afghanistan ranks last at 156th on the 2021 Global Gender Gap report. Earlier this year, Hosna Jalil, one of the highest-ranking women ever to serve in the Interior Ministry, quit her position to join the Ministry of Women’s Affairs as a deputy minister.
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Afghan Nomads Mourn A Vanishing Way Of Life
Gandhara
April 8, 2021
The 70-year-old patriarch, who spent his childhood and much of his adult life on the move, says he can still hear the bells around the necks of camels and goats in their caravan as it migrated between the warmer plains of southern Afghanistan in winter to the cooler green pastures of the central highlands during summer.
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Afghanistan- UN warns of 70pc increase in Afghan poverty
MENAFN
April 7, 2021
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Afghanistan warns that poverty would likely jump up to 70 percent in 2021 in Afghanistan and the number of needy people would reach to 18 million.
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Ahead of Turkey meet, Afghan President Ghani briefs Indian, other envoys on his peace plan
DNA
April 5, 2021
Ahead of the Turkey meet on the Afghan peace process scheduled later this month, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has briefed envoys all Kabul-based ambassadors, including Indian Envoy to the country Rudrendra Tandon on his three-stage peace process.
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World Bank Grants $25M to Improve Education in Afghanistan, Especially for Girls
MENAFN
April 2, 2021
The World Bank has approved an additional $25 million grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to help increase equitable access to primary and secondary education in Afghanistan, particularly for girls.
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Blinken pledges to ‘revitalise’ NATO, cooperation on Afghanistan
Al Jazeera
March 23, 2021
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has pledged to rebuild and revitalise the transatlantic NATO military alliance and to share Washington’s “initial thinking” on any possible withdrawal from Afghanistan during his first visit to the alliance’s headquarters.
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Afghans Make Gains in Infrastructure Despite Economic Trouble
Tolo News
March 23, 2021
Despite the chaotic situation in the country over the past solar year (1399), several development projects were completed or substantially advanced. The Kamal Khan Dam, after decades of planning, reached its final stage of construction over the past solar year, and will be inaugurated on the second day of the new solar year 1400 (Mar 22, 2021).
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Silk and Saffron: Regenerating Afghanistan
Grit Daily
March 22, 2021
For thousands of years Afghanistan has been a cornerstone of the global economy. Situated at a major crossroads of east-west trade routes, since the first century BCE, the silk road established Afghanistan as a hub of commerce, facilitating the exchange of goods and ideas from across the globe. Even two thousand years ago, Chinese silk, Persian silver, and Roman gold would flow through the country on their way to market in distant lands.
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Lone female negotiator ‘surprised’ at lack of women at Moscow Afghan talks
Arab News
March 22, 2021
Habiba Sarabi said was “deeply surprised” to learn that she was the only female negotiator on a 12-member team of Afghan government and political leaders at a recent two-day meeting in Russia.
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Breaking the mold: Landless Afghans turn to fungi farming
ZAWYA
March 21, 2021
It has been three years since Jamila Khoshbo began farming oyster mushrooms in a section of her tiny house in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of southeastern Kabul. The 48-year-old Afghan mother-of-four said that she learned how to cultivate the fungi from the local radio and “decided to try it since it requires much less space, water and money to grow.”
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100000 Afghan Women Call on Women Leaders across the Globe for Protecting Women’s Rights in Afghanistan Peace Process
EPD
March 16, 2021
100,000 Afghan women called on the Women Global Leaders for protecting women’s rights in the peace process and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands provided support for second phase of Monitoring Women’s Peace and Security project.
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'I'd like to join Pixar one day': meet Afghanistan's first female animator
The Guardian
March 2, 2021
A woman in traditional dress breaks open the bars of a prison. A young child dances, oblivious to a backdrop of tanks and explosions. The drawings by Afghanistan’s first professional female animation artist, Sara Barackzay, reflect the struggles of her young life.
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Zimbabwe take on Afghanistan in first Test
Chronicle
March 1, 2021
ZIMBABWE are touring the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to face Afghanistan in the Test and T20I series, which will run between tomorrow and March 20.
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Turkey: We will keep supporting Afghan security
AA
March 1, 2021
Turkey will continue to contribute to the development and security of Afghanistan, the country's foreign minister said Monday.
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Afghanistan- CENTENNIAL OF TURKISH-AFGHAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS!
MENAFN
February 28, 2021
Today marks the centennial anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Afghanistan. Ankara Government was officially recognized today by Afghanistan through the Treaty of Alliance signed on 1 March 1921.
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Afghanistan- Lavrov Calls on Taliban to Reduce Violence and Stop Making New Demands
MENAFN
February 27, 2021
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reaffirmed Moscow's position of principle on the restoration of peace in Afghanistan and urged the Taliban to stop making demands at the negotiating tables.
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An airline in Afghanistan says it just flew the country's first flight with an all-female crew — here's what it was like onboard
Insider
February 26, 2021
The country's only private airline, Kam Air, is celebrating its first flight with an all-female crew, which it says is the first in the South Asian country's history.
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Germany committed to Afghan peace process
DW
February 26, 2021
Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer made the statement during a surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif. The trip followed a 10-month extension to Germany's military presence in the country.
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Pakistan Urges US to ‘Quickly’ Complete Review of Peace Deal with Afghan Taliban
VOA
February 26, 2021
A senior Pakistan diplomat Friday stressed the need for the United States to demonstrate urgency in concluding its reassessment of a February 2020 peace pact with Afghanistan’s Taliban to enable the ensuing reconciliation talks between warring Afghans to move forward.
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Do or die: President Ghani rejects idea for interim government in Afghanistan
Arab News
February 21, 2021
President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to block the formation of a provisional government in Afghanistan after calls for the establishment of a temporary setup began to gain ground across the country.
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UMN collaboration seeks to strengthen healthcare workforce in Afghanistan
The Minnesota Daily
February 19, 2021
The University of Minnesota recently entered a partnership designed to further advance health sciences higher education and strengthen the healthcare workforce in Afghanistan over a five-year period.
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NATO faces conundrum as it mulls Afghan pullout
Associated Press
February 16, 2021
After 20 years of military engagement and billions of dollars spent, NATO and the United States still grapple with the same, seemingly intractable conundrum — how to withdraw troops from Afghanistan without abandoning the country to even more mayhem.
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Afghanistan- Bringing Afghan Women into the Peace Process
MENAFN
February 16, 2021
While negotiations for peace in Afghanistan represent an important step forward for the country's future, any dogmatic changes could place Afghan women's rights at risk. Nascent gains in women's rights over the past decade and a half are a result of the commitment and struggle of hundreds of Afghan women's rights activists, and the international community that supported women and civil society groups to protect their rights. However, these hard-won rights are still limited and sustaining them requires constant vigilance.
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Afghanistan's Largest Airport to be Built in Logar Province
MENAFN
February 15, 2021
The Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) said the country's largest international airport is going to be built in Logar province at a cost of USD 2 billion.
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NATO's Afghanistan withdrawal depends on violence levels, Stoltenberg says
Reuters
February 15, 2021
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on the Taliban on Monday to reduce violence in Afghanistan and said any possible withdrawal of troops would be based on the situation on the ground.
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If America leaves Afghanistan there will be trouble
The Economist
February 14, 2021
When he came to office last month President Joe Biden inherited, in Afghanistan, America’s longest war. He also inherited a deal that his predecessor struck a year ago with the Taliban, who have fought a bloody insurgency ever since American-led forces ousted them from power in late 2001.
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Taliban warn NATO to push ahead with troop withdrawal in Afghanistan
Bangkok Post
February 14, 2021
KABUL - The Taliban on Saturday warned NATO against seeking a "continuation of war," as the alliance weighs a planned withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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Germany says troops may stay longer in Afghanistan
DW
February 13, 2021
Germany's military deployment in Afghanistan as part of NATO should be extended beyond its expiration date in March, according to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
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First consignment to Central Asia crosses new Pak-Afghan border crossing
The Express Tribune
February 13, 2021
First transit consignment to Central Asia passed through Pakistan-Afghan border point — Ghulam Khan Crossing — which was opened in June last year to promote business activities among the regional countries.
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Dam Agreement Highlights India’s Soft Power Gambit in Afghanistan
The Diplomat
February 12, 2021
Amid Afghanistan’s political churn, New Delhi and Kabul signed a $236 million dollar deal for the construction of Shahtoot Dam
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Afghanistan to build $2 billion airport in Taliban-dominated province
Arab News
February 12, 2021
The Afghan government is planning to open a new international airport in a Taliban-dominated eastern province to transform the region into an air travel hub, the country’s aviation regulator said on Friday.
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Withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan: Biden may extend deadline as Taliban continue to violate accord
National Herald
February 12, 2021
Biden is likely to extend the May 1 deadline set by former president Donald Trump for withdrawal of US troops while intra-Afghan peace talks continue in order to secure the support of the Taliban
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Afghan artist on a mission to preserve art traditions
Arab News
February 7, 2021
In a ramshackle part of the Baraki district of old Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, Sami Jan Faqiry is teaching calligraphy and painting to a group of children for a few hours every day.
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Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan ink map for rail link
AA
February 6, 2021
Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan on Tuesday inked a roadmap for a landmark rail link aimed at bolstering trade ties between Central and South Asia.
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Afghanistan- Corrupt Senators get three years of jail time
MENAFN
February 6, 2021
Three detained Meshrano Jirga (Upper House) of parliament members were sentenced to 10 years and one month in jail by the primary court of Anti-Corruption Justice Center, Attorney General's office stated, they reportedly were detained on charges of accepting $40,000 in bribes from custom officials.
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Afghan food in Delhi: subtle and simple but herbs make a difference
National Herald
February 5, 2021
From bakeries emblazoned with Arabic names selling baklava and cookies, old and not-so-old Afghani émigrés hawking dryfruits and Nan-i-Afghani to neon lights flashing money exchange or cash for gold – everything seemed to conjure up a dystopian rendering of Rabindranath’s Kabuliwala! They made this place their home, fleeing a nation torn by war for more than 40 years.
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Assassination spree devastates Afghan capital
AA
February 5, 2021
At a crucial moment in the fragile peace process, the raging Afghan conflict has entered a critical phase with a devastating string of targeted assassinations of government officials, and religious, political, and civil figures, analysts said.
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U.S. may keep troops in Afghanistan -report
Reuters
February 4, 2021
This new report, however, warns withdrawing all U.S. troops could lead to civil war, destabilize the region, and reinvigorate al Qaeda.
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Why Joe Biden Should Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
The National Interest
February 4, 2021
In a highly controversial withdrawal deal signed in February 2020 between the Trump administration and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, U.S. troops are to be fully withdrawn from Afghanistan by May 2021. Such a premature withdrawal will trigger a chain of events that will ultimately expose the U.S. homeland to major terrorist attacks.
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Taliban jeopardising agreement with US: Pentagon
National Herald
February 4, 2021
In its first address to the media under the Joe Biden administration, the Pentagon has claimed that the Taliban was jeopardising the landmark agreement it signed with the US in February 2020
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Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan ink map for rail link
AA
February 2, 2021
Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan on Tuesday inked a roadmap for a landmark rail link aimed at bolstering trade ties between Central and South Asia. The signing ceremony for the multi-billion-dollar project took place in Tashkent, and attended by senior officials from the three countries.
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A day on the job with Kabul’s crime scene investigators
Al Jazeera
February 1, 2021
Ghullam Faroq bustles through the narrow hallways at the old Ministry of Interior building in the heart of Kabul, a stack of folders tucked in the crook of his arm and a phone pressed to his ear. He climbs the stairs to the second floor and is buzzed through a series of doors with metal bars and touch keypads.
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Afghanistan- Japan to donate 122 million dollars to Afghan development programs
MENAFN
February 1, 2021
The Japanese government pledged to donate 122 million US dollars to humanitarian and development projects in Afghanistan, the country's embassy in Kabul said Monday in a statement.
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Talks with Taliban done with knowledge of Afghan government: Tehran
Tehran Times
February 1, 2021
Speaking at a weekly press briefing on Monday, Khatibzadeh said, “All talks have taken place either at the request or with the knowledge of the government of Afghanistan.” He pointed out that Iran not only has formal relations with the Afghan government but it also, unlike other countries, supports its achievements.
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Talks with Taliban done with knowledge of Afghan government: Tehran
Tehran Times
February 1, 2021
"The Taliban are part of the reality of Afghanistan. The Taliban have political offices in Doha, Pakistan, and elsewhere. The group is in direct talks with the official government of Afghanistan. The visit of the Taliban political delegation to Tehran has been reported to the Afghan government and many exchanges have taken place around it. The visit was part of ongoing talks between the Afghan government and the group,” Khatibzadeh
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Afghanistan- As Iran welcomes 'inclusive government', Int'l missions condemn the violence
MENAFN
February 1, 2021
Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister on Sunday met with the Taliban delegation and called for an inclusive government.
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Afghanistan- As Iran welcomes 'inclusive government', Int'l missions condemn the violence
MENAFN
January 31, 2021
Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister on Sunday met with the Taliban delegation and called for an inclusive government.
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Turkey to help bolster Afghanistan’s transportation system
Daily Sabah
January 28, 2021
Turkey and Afghanistan are set to sign a cooperation agreement Thursday regarding research and development (R&D) activities in the fields of transportation – mainly motorways, railways and aviation, an official said Wednesday.
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NATO Secretary-General, US President Discusses ‘Range of Challenges’ in Afghanistan, Iraq
Khaama Press
January 28, 2021
General Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General has spoken to US President Joe Biden on “Range of challenges that NATO allies face, such as countering international terrorism” in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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The Afghan Peace Process: What are the Opportunities for the UK Leadership
The Medialine
January 27, 2021
Afghanistan has extensive contamination from landmines, explosive remnants of war (ERW) and improvised explosive devices (IED). Despite ongoing conflict and fragility, Afghan demining is making progress with over 3,000 landmines and 728 tons of ERW destroyed and over 23 million square metres of land cleared in the last 12 months
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Afghanistan prepares to vaccinate citizens against coronavirus amid ongoing violence
ABC.net
January 27, 2021
Afghanistan is preparing to carry out a coronavirus vaccination campaign that has received $US112 million ($144 million) in support from the World Health Organization's (WHO) COVAX program.
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Afghanistan- Parliament Appoints Team to Speed up Peace Efforts
MENAFN
January 25, 2021
The parliament announced Monday of appointing a team to make a plan for speeding up the ongoing efforts for peace, criticizing continuous violence and the probable increase of war in spring.
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Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to set up border markets
AA
January 25, 2021
Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday agreed to establish “border sustenance markets” in the two countries to boost local trade and economic activity in the border regions.
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OIC chief and Afghan foreign minister discuss peace process
Arab News
January 22, 2021
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar in Jeddah.
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Govt’s accountability program kicks off in Kabul
Pajhwok
January 21, 2021
The Afghanistan National Standard Authority (ANSA) on Wednesday presented its performance report of last one year during the government’s first accountability conference.
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Pakistan urges Biden to stick to Afghan troop withdrawal
Al Jazeera
January 21, 2021
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said his country has hopes for greater engagement with the new United States government and called on Joe Biden to follow up on the ongoing Afghan peace process and US troops withdrawal from the country.
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Ghani looks to ‘new beginning’ in US-Afghan ties
Arab News
January 21, 2021
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has expressed hopes of a new chapter in the country’s relationship with the US, describing Joe Biden’s inauguration as a “historic day.”
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Canada ‘Braces Democratic Government’ in Afghanistan
Khaama Press
January 21, 2021
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a telephonic conversation with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada discussed the Afghan peace process, Presidential Palace stated.
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Mayor Appoints Afghan-Born Farhat Popal as City’s Immigrant Affairs Manager
Times of San Diago
January 20, 2021
Mayor Todd Gloria Tuesday appointed Farhat Popal as the city’s immigrant affairs manager, tasked with overseeing how the city interacts with its newest residents.
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IDB committed to helping Afghanistan, Atmar assured
Pajhwok
January 20, 2021
Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar met with Islamic Development Bank (IDB) president Dr. Bandar Hajjar in Jeddah of Saudi Arabia and praised the bank’s assistance in launching various development projects in Afghanistan.
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INDIA ON THE REVOLVING AFGHAN STAGE
The Hitavada
January 18, 2021
Escalation of violence in Afghanistan in various forms and through targeted killings has formed the backdrop for second round of peace negotiations between the Afghanistan Government and the Taliban in Doha. The United States special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is back again at the truce process tasked to him by the outgoing President Donald Trump to seek early withdrawal of American troops from the war-torn country. Khalilzad is expecting tangible progress in the intra-Afghan talks even as the Taliban reaffirms its commitment to the peace agreement. The Afghan theatre has seen it all, and its re-runs over the last few years.
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Turkmenistan, Afghanistan Launch New Infrastructure Projects To Bolster Afghan Economy
Caspian News
January 17, 2021
Presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan launched a 30 km railway segment that links the Afghan border cities of Aqina and Andkhoy. The first train carrying oil products, mineral fertilizers, and crop products from Turkmenistan left Aqina on the same day.
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Afghanistan- Could Taliban Lose the Golden Opportunity that Created via 'Doha-Talks'
MENAFN
January 17, 2021
Over the last two decades, Afghanistan and terrorism have become synonymous in the eyes of many analysts and policymakers and since it has been viewed as a hotbed for global terrorists. Despite the fact, it is understandably difficult and tough to arrive at a balanced appraisal of people who are trying to kill you. However, the country ruling body invested time and energy to foster the peace and reconciliation process.
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Afghan Partners Call for Ceasefire, Expedited Peace Effort
Tolo News
January 17, 2021
Afghanistan’s international partners in a meeting with Afghan officials held virtually today announced their support for the peace efforts, ceasefire and humanitarian values in the country, said the High Council for National Reconciliation.
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Afghan food in Delhi: subtle and simple but herbs make a difference
National Herald
January 17, 2021
On a recommendation from a friend and a consummate gastronome, my wife and I decided to visit Lajpat Nagar to try some Afghani cuisine. We finally stumbled upon an alley in Block I of Lajpat Nagar. And there it was right before our eyes a whole new country within the capital of India!
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U.S. Completes Troop-Level Drawdown in Afghanistan, Iraq
US Department of Defence
January 15, 2021
There are now 2,500 U.S. service members in Iraq and 2,500 in Afghanistan. It is the lowest number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan since operations started there in 2001.
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The U.S. Must Not Abandon Afghanistan
MS
January 15, 2021
I call on the Biden administration to revisit the May 2021 withdrawal deadline for not only the safety of Afghans, but the entire world.
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Turkmenistan, Afghanistan open new rail and power links
WION
January 14, 2021
Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have inaugurated new transport, power and communications links, Turkmenistan said Thursday, as the ex-Soviet republic touts its role rebuilding Afghanistan's conflict-torn economy.
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The way forward in Afghanistan: How Biden can achieve sustainable peace and US security
Atlantic Council
January 13, 2021
Among the most pressing issues on the US president-elect’s to-do list on foreign policy is the war in Afghanistan, which offers only hard choices. But despite the blunders of President Donald Trump, Afghanistan may actually now have a chance to achieve some form of political settlement and significantly reduced violence.
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Another Base Attack in Afghanistan Hushed Up to Hurry U.S. Exit
Foreign Policy
January 13, 2021
Eleven years after one of the largest losses of life in CIA history at a notorious military base in southeastern Afghanistan, Camp Chapman was attacked again in early December, a seemingly blatant violation of the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement.
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Some Peace Negotiators Still to Return to Doha: Sources
Tolo News
January 11, 2021
Sources in Qatar said that some members of the Taliban’s negotiating team, including their chief negotiator Shaikh Abdul Hakim Haqqani, have not traveled back to Doha from Pakistan to attend the second round of negotiations.
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LAND SET ASIDE FOR NEW AFGHANISTAN CRICKET STADIUM
Australasian Leisure
January 9, 2021
A new international cricket stadium will be built in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul after land being set aside for the project. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai this week issued a decree approving the allocation of 12 hectares of land in the Alokhail area of Kabul for the construction of the new venue.
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Afghan president rejects interim government set-up as peace talks resume in Doha
Arab News
January 9, 2021
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has said he is going to complete his term in office, amid rumors about the establishment of an interim government in the country as part of peace negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban that have resumed in Doha, Qatar.
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Looks forward to working towards peaceful Afghanistan: India on chairing UNSC's Taliban sanctions committee
ANI
January 8, 2021
India looks forward to working towards a peaceful, prosperous, sovereign, democratic and united Afghanistan, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as New Delhi is all set to chair crucial Taliban sanctions committee and the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the UN Security Council during its tenure as a non-permanent member of the UN body.
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For the Afghan peace talks to succeed, a ceasefire is the next — and perhaps toughest — step forward
The Conversation
January 5, 2021
Peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban are set to resume today in Doha, at a time of heightened violence in Afghanistan and uncertainty about the prospects for an end to four decades of crushing conflict.
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Afghan Republic Negotiating Team Has Nation’s Full Support
Khaama Press
January 5, 2021
Dr. Abdullah in a series of tweets on Monday said, “This evening the Leadership Committee of the HCNR in a joint meeting with the Islamic Republic’s Negotiation Team discussed the latest developments in the peace process, & provided a clear guideline for the team for the next round of the peace talks.”
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Afghan Republic Negotiating Team Has Nation’s Full Support
Khaama Press
January 5, 2021
Dr. Abdullah in a series of tweets on Monday said, “This evening the Leadership Committee of the HCNR in a joint meeting with the Islamic Republic’s Negotiation Team discussed the latest developments in the peace process, & provided a clear guideline for the team for the next round of the peace talks.”
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Fresh Round of Intra-Afghan Talks Ready to Resume
The Media Line
January 4, 2021
The resumption of the talks in Doha this week between the Afghan government and the Taliban come amid increased violence and uncertainty about how engaged the new Biden Administration will be.
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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan meets Ambassador of Qatar
MENAFN
January 3, 2021
HE Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Afghanistan Saeed bin Mubarak Al Khayarin.
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Brighter Image of Afghanistan
MENAFN
December 30, 2020
The International Cricket Council announced Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan as player of the decade. He was selected among top cricket players who are very famous for their best performances in the history of cricket that have brought many achievements for their country as well.
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Afghanistan, Pakistan Eye New Railway Link Project
Tolo
December 30, 2020
Nisar Ahmed Faizi Ghoryani, the Afghan Minister for Industry and Commerce, on Wednesday met Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad and the two discussed issues around bilateral relations including the expansion of a railway line project between the Afghan cities of Mazar-e-Sharif – Kabul and Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
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Iran, Afghanistan seek to bolster tourism ties
Tehran Times
December 26, 2020
Iran and Afghanistan are set to extend mutual tourism ties both in the current coronavirus era and when the pandemic is contained.
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Afghanistan Invited for Second Trilateral Meeting on Chabahar
Financial Tribune
December 25, 2020
Afghanistan has been invited for the second India-Uzbekistan-Iran trilateral meeting on the use of Chabahar Port. Earlier this month, the first meeting was attended by the deputy ministers of the three countries.
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