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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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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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Afghanistan- The Education of Women: A National Redline in Peace Process
MENAFN
December 23, 2020
The Doha peace process has raised a lot of concerns about future of women in Afghanistan. The women of Afghanistan have repeatedly raised their concerns and worries that the outcome of the talks should not return them to the black past when they were lashed if appeared in social arena without a male companion .
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Trump's Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan: Part 1 – Abandoning a Vulnerable Ally in the War on Terror
HNN
December 20, 2020
Before his ouster as Secretary of Defense on November 9th, Mark Esper sent a worried memo to Donald Trump stating that it was the “unanimous” recommendation of the chain of command for the war in Afghanistan that conditions were not ready for the president’s proposed US troop withdrawal.
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Australia to host Afghanistan for historic one-off Test in 2021
CRIC TREACKER
December 20, 2020
Australia will host Afghanistan for a solitary Test match in November next year as per the agreement between Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and Cricket Australia (CA). The ACB confirmed the big development on Saturday. The historic Test was originally scheduled to be held in November 2020 but had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Delhi discom''s role in training female engineers from Afghanistan
OUTLOOK INIDA
December 19, 2020
TPDDL''s support towards capacity building and training of female engineers from the country has been highlighted by the World Bank in its blog "How Afghanistan''s national power utility is helping women thrive in the workplace". "It has been our honour to host the team of female engineers from Afghanistan and support them with the technical knowledge we have garnered over the years," said TPDDL CEO Ganesh Srinivasan.
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Taliban meeting: Imran says no military solution to Afghan conflict
SAMAA
December 18, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that there is no military solution to the decades-long conflict in Afghanistan, and all stakeholders must agree on a ceasefire.
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Afghanistan- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Meets Taliban in Islamabad
MENAFN
December 18, 2020
In this meeting, Khan reiterated that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, adding that the Intra-Afghan negotiations provide a historic opportunity to the Afghan leaders for achieving durable peace and stability through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
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Afghan-Taliban delegation arrives in Pakistan to push forward peace process
NEW INDIAN EXPRESS
December 16, 2020
A high-level Afghan-Taliban delegation arrived here on Wednesday to hold talks with the top Pakistani leadership as part of efforts to push forward the reconciliation process, amid growing incidents of violence in Afghanistan
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US Envoy Calls for Timely Resumption of Intra-Afghan Peace Talks
VOA
December 14, 2020
The U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, has asked the Taliban and representatives of the Afghan government to swiftly resume peace talks after their mutually agreed three-week break starting Monday.
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North Atlantic Council statement on the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations
NATO
December 11, 2020
We urge the parties to build on this momentum by agreeing to immediately end violence and by negotiating toward a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire and a political roadmap for a prosperous Afghanistan, at peace with itself and its neighbours.
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Fake Covid-19 tests behind reduced foreign flights: Saleh
Pajhwok
December 9, 2020
The credibility of passenger flights from Afghanistan was hurt after some private medical laboratories provided fake coronavirus tests to passengers, Vice President Amrullah Saleh said on Tuesday.
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Will Biden ensure Afghanistan doesn't become safe haven for terrorists again?
New Kerala
December 9, 2020
Joe Bidens return to the White House, this time as the President of the US (POTUS) has given a new glimmer of hope to NATO and Washingtons main allies who have been having nightmares since November 17, the day Donald Trump administration announced its decision to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan by January 15, 2021.
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21-Point Code of Conduct Hailed as Breakthrough in Afghan Peace Talks
VOA
December 9, 2020
Negotiation teams from the Afghan government and the Taliban have agreed to refer differences in interpretation of Sharia law to a joint committee, protect the confidentiality of ongoing peace talks, and carry out the process with “truthfulness, sincerity, and determination,” according to a code of conduct agreed upon by both sides last week.
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How US wasted billions on absurd errors in Afghanistan war
Fox News
December 8, 2020
In the coming weeks, the Pentagon plans to accelerate the troop drawdown from 4,500 to 2,500 under orders from President Trump – leaving behind a bleak picture of a struggling country beleaguered by nearly daily attacks, bullet-pockmarked buildings and an ailing economy.
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ADB Approves $100 Million Grant to Support Afghanistan’s COVID-19 Response
Asia BN
December 4, 2020
The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that it has approved a $100-million grant to help the Government of Afghanistan respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
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US Hails Much-Awaited Breakthrough In Afghan Peace Talks
Eurasia Review
December 3, 2020
Delegates of warring sides in Afghanistan announced Wednesday they had agreed on a framework for their peace negotiations aimed at ending the country’s protracted conflict. The United States, which brokered the peace process, welcomed the agreement as a “major milestone” in the peace negotiations involving the Taliban insurgency and representatives of the Afghan government.
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ADB Approves $100 Million Grant to Support Afghanistan’s COVID-19 Response
Business News Asia
December 3, 2020
The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that it has approved a $100-million grant to help the Government of Afghanistan respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Committed to Afghanistan’s uplift: Turkmenistan
Pajhwok
November 28, 2020
Turkmenistan has reaffirmed its strong commitment to promoting Afghanistan’s socio-economic development Trend news agency, citing a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ashgabat, said Turkmenistan’s commitment was reflected in the infrastructure projects it had initiated.
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Azerbaijan, Afghanistan discuss opportunities for expanding cooperation
Azerbaijan News
November 26, 2020
Azerbaijan`s Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has held a phone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar.
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Afghanistan faces cut in foreign aid as donors set stringent conditions
Straits Times
November 24, 2020
Although the country's fragile economy depends heavily on foreign aid, the Kabul government will see cuts in donations and donors will introduce stringent conditions, five participants said.
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Afghanistan and its donors: a critical time
Divpolicy Blog
November 23, 2020
The Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, on 23 and 24 November, presents an important opportunity for renewing the partnership between Afghanistan and the international community. It can help secure Afghanistan’s transition from aid dependency to self-reliance, and from conflict to peace.
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2020 Afghanistan Conference due to be held in Switzerland
Foreign Brief
November 23, 2020
The 2020 Afghanistan Conference, organized by Afghanistan, Finland and the United Nations (UN) will be held today in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference will renew and affirm Afghan and international commitments in developing and stabilizing Afghanistan by creating joint development goals through 2024 and coordinating financial assistance. A joint political declaration is expected to be issued, and new structures created to help financial aid work effectively throughout the country.
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Pakistan Helped Taliban Weaken Afghan Gov't & Kabul's Alignment with India: Obama's Memoirs
Sputnik
November 18, 2020
Former US President Barack Obama’s memoirs, released on Tuesday, have caused some ripples in India, especially his unflattering remarks about Rahul Gandhi of the opposition Congress party. The autobiography also has references to Obama’s India visit.
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Taliban Lost Opportunity to Attend Geneva Conference: EU Envoy
Tolo News
November 17, 2020
Andreas von Brandt, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union in Afghanistan on Tuesday said that the Taliban has lost the opportunity to attend the upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, saying reduction in violence was the only option for the group to participate in the summit.
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Egypt, Afghanistan discuss bolstering bilateral ties, counterterrorism
Daily News
November 17, 2020
Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry discussed with his Afghan counterpart Mohammed Haneef Atmar, boosting joint cooperation relations between the two countries in different fields. They also discussed developments of ongoing peace talks in Afghanistan.
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Siemens Energy signs agreement to develop Afghanistan as an energy hub
REM
November 16, 2020
Siemens Energy has signed a multi-phase agreement with Afghanistan to establish the country as an energy hub in central Asia by developing a modern, sustainable, and cost-effective power system, incorporating the massive potential of renewable energy generation.
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No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan
Fair Observer
November 15, 2020
Afghanistan has been engulfed in bloodshed and confusion for decades. The deal between the United States and the Taliban signed on February 29 in Doha, Qatar, has added more tension to the conflict by creating competition among anti-government militants. Groups such as the Islamic State Khorasan (ISK) compete with the Taliban for political success and influence by perpetrating more violence. At the same time, they look to each other’s success as a source of inspiration and cooperation.
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Role of Afghanistan in the Neighborhood of Rising China
MENAFN
November 15, 2020
Afghanistan's instable political and social circumstances have limited its role, the country possesses a key strategic worth. It is a link between the Central Asia and South Asia and also significant in joining the eastern parts of Central Asia and China to the Middle East. Afghanistan has a short border (around 46 miles) with China at the Wakhan Corridor.
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IMF: Poverty, Unemployment Still a Challenge for Afghans MORE SOCIALS
Tolo News
November 14, 2020
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a report has assessed Afghanistan’s economic index and has described poverty and unemployment among major challenges for Afghans.
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'Indian equipment for Chabahar development to arrive by Mar.'
MEHR News Agency
November 11, 2020
Being asked about the strategic significance of Chabahr Port and its expected future, Port and Maritime Organization (PMO) Head Mohammad Rastad said: "Considering its geographical location, Chabahar Port can play a significant role in improving and promoting the transit volume of Iran."
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Biden’s best move on Afghanistan would be to stop pampering the Taliban
Washington Examiner
November 10, 2020
Every U.S. president since Bill Clinton has been elected with a mandate to focus on domestic issues and the economy, only to have reality intercede. Joe Biden, the apparent winner of the presidential election, may want to follow suit, but the decisions of war and peace will consume his first days, especially with U.S. troops stationed abroad in war zones. It is fair to question Biden’s foreign policy judgment, who, as a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is the incoming president most fluent in foreign affairs since former CIA director George H.W. Bush entered the Oval Office in 1989.
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UNAMA to cooperate with Iran’s Energy Ministry to expand ties with Afghanistan
Tehran Times
November 9, 2020
The Iranian minister for his part expressed satisfaction with Lyons’ visit to Tehran after her appointment as the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and mentioned various needs of this country and the abundant professional and economic capacities of the Islamic Republic of Iran to contribute to scientific, industrial and economic progress in Afghanistan
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Contested Afghan Provinces See Drastic Drop In Girls’ Education
Gandhara
October 30, 2020
A leading rights watchdog in Afghanistan has documented a dramatic drop in girls’ education in two provinces where the Taliban controls large swathes of rural territories and is battling government forces for more power.
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Al-Qaeda still 'heavily embedded' within Taliban in Afghanistan, UN official warns
BBC NEWS
October 29, 2020
Al-Qaeda is still "heavily embedded" within the Taliban in Afghanistan, in spite of a historic US-Taliban agreement earlier this year, a senior United Nations official has told the BBC.
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How Reviving Silk Making Helps Women in Afghanistan
BORGEN
October 28, 2020
HERAT, Afghanistan — The women of Herat, Afghanistan recently started revisiting an ancient tradition that once flourished and defined their city: silk making. Previously an important Silk Road trading hub and an oasis for travelers, Herat is a longstanding cultural center and major city in western Afghanistan.
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ADB approves $18.28m grant to enhance agricultural productivity in Afghanistan
Decdiscourse
October 28, 2020
The additional financing for the Panj–Amu River Basin Sector Project will improve access to water and enhance the resilience of watersheds to disaster and climate risks by expanding project activities in the provinces of Badakhshan, Kunduz, and Takhar.
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Stoltenberg Rules Out Rushed NATO Exit From Afghanistan
Gandhara
October 21, 2020
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the military alliance will not leave Afghanistan until security conditions allow, as rising violence threatens to derail ongoing intra-Afghan peace talks in Qatar.
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Four Lessons for Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan
USIP
October 21, 2020
As Afghan peace talks in Doha move forward, a vital component to the success of any peace deal will be how Afghanistan’s security sector can reform to sustain peace after more than 40 years of violence, and how the international community can best assist.
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NATO Allies and partners reaffirm their commitment of financial support for sustainable Afghan security forces
NATO
October 19, 2020
NATO Allies and partners met at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board. They reviewed the implementation of their financial contributions in support to the Afghan security forces, discussed contributions for 2021 and reiterated their commitment to provide financial support to the Afghan security forces through 2024.
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U.S. forces conduct 'targeted strikes' to slow Taliban advance
The Washington Times
October 12, 2020
U.S. forces over the past two days have conducted “targeted strikes” to slow a Taliban advance on Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, Pentagon officials said Monday in the latest sign that violence continues despite a peace deal struck earlier this year.
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Trump’s Campaign Talk of Troop Withdrawals Doesn’t Match Military Reality
The New York Times
October 11, 2020
When President Trump said on Twitter last week that all American troops in Afghanistan might be home by Christmas, he was reiterating a goal that has eluded him for years — and most likely hoping that when it comes to ending military deployments, voters will give him more credit for his messaging than for his results.
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Afghanistan: Intra-Afghan talks and the challenges ahead
ORF
October 9, 2020
The American endgame in Afghanistan is driven by the need to save face after suffering a military defeat at the hands of insurgents, with or without a negotiated political settlement in place.
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Afghan Women’s Leaders: The Taliban Must Recognize Today’s Afghanistan
Ms
October 9, 2020
http://Activism and advocacy by and on behalf of Afghan women has brought international attention to key issues at stake in their country’s ongoing peace process. As historic intra-Afghan negotiations proceed between Afghanistan and the Taliban, many women are speaking out to ensure the fundamental rights of all Afghans are protected in any political settlement—especially the advances made by women and girls in education, politics, civil society and other sectors since 2001.
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Afghan Leader Wants Taliban to Help Fight Against Islamic State
Bloomberg
October 8, 2020
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani wants Taliban fighters to integrate into the country’s armed forces and join efforts to eliminate Islamic State militants, the first clear indication of the government’s vision for its defense and security apparatus if peace talks in Qatar progress.
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Germany To Remain Key Partner In Rebuilding Afghanistan – Analysis
Eurasia Review
October 8, 2020
Afghanistan and Germany share a long history of bilateral ties that began when a delegation was sent by the German emperor in 1915 in order to build ties with Afghanistan. The mission was not successful, but it laid the groundwork as, on its return to Germany, they began research on Afghanistan, paving the way for future cooperation between the two countries.
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Afghan peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah meets NSA Doval, discusses Afghan peace process
ZEE NEWS
October 7, 2020
Abdullah Abdullah, the chief negotiator with the Taliban in the intra-Afghan peace dialogue, met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval here on Wednesday (October 7) and discussed Afghan peace process.
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Digital ID a surprising, qualified success for women in Afghanistan
BIOMETRIC UPDATE
October 7, 2020
It is not the typical story coming out of Afghanistan, and the anti-modernity Taliban is the ultimate revenant religious force, but there remains hope that the lot of women there can be improved to some small degree by getting them recognized legally in their own nation.
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What the Taliban and Pakistan Lose If Afghan Peace Negotiations Fail
CJ
October 6, 2020
There will be four big losers if the Afghan Peace Negotiations fail to create an Afghan society and governance model that is acceptable to the majority of the Afghan people and upholds the 1948 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Germany to Provide €240M to Afghanistan
Tolo News
October 6, 2020
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has committed to invest an overall amount of about AFN 21.3 billion (EUR 240 million) for financial and technical cooperation in 2020, said a statement from the German ministry.
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Afghanistan and Int’l Partners Prepare for Geneva Conference
Khaama Press
October 6, 2020
More than 70 countries, international organizations, and Afghan Government officials will take part in the upcoming Geneva conference, which is scheduled for 23-24 of November at Palais des Nations in Geneva, the Ministry of Finance said in a released statement on Tuesday.
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India’s Presence in ‘Naya’ Afghanistan
INDIA WEST
October 5, 2020
It is not often that a war torn country gets a lucrative opportunity to turn the clock back, the intra Afghan peace talks ostensibly aimed at ending the almost two decade old civil war in Afghanistan which has battered the country’s economy and polity offers.
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Kabul Press
October 1, 2020
The ongoing peace process is an opportunity to establish long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan. In order to ensure the success of the negotiations, the global Hazara community encourages the steadfast commitment of the negotiating parties as well as the supporting states and international organizations to protect the fundamental principles of human rights, justice, freedom of religion and belief, the rule of law, and equality of all citizens
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'Taliban Shows No Flexibility in Peace': Deputy Minister
Tolo News
September 30, 2020
The deputy minister of justice, Zakia Adili, at an event on Wednesday called the Taliban a “monopolist” group that does not show flexibility in the peace process, and that the view of the group toward justice for victims of violence is political rather than rights-based.
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A hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan would be unwise, writes PM in op-ed
DAWN
September 27, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned that a hasty international withdrawal from Afghanistan would be "unwise" and cautioned against setting unrealistic timelines.
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Afghanistan agrees partnership for four wind power and solar energy projects
reve
September 25, 2020
Afghanistan’s state-run power producer Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat has signed contracts to develop four renewable power projects with the private sector. The four projects will cost $160m, and are expected to add 110MW of clean energy to the nation’s power grid over the next 18 to 27 months.
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'The Taliban took my young years. This war will take my old years': Afghanistan's forgotten victims
The Telegraph
September 24, 2020
Fereshta’s dreams vanished when a suicide bomber detonated his vest at a central Kabul demonstration two years ago, tearing to death six people, including the 18-year-old journalism student who loved poetry, painting and writing her own songs.
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Afghan sports coach helps young refugees find a path to school in Iran
UNHCR
September 21, 2020
Standing on the sidelines of a football pitch, whistle in hand, Rozma Ghafouri watches a group of young Afghan girls dribble the ball. One of them slows as she reaches the goal, adjusts her stance, and knocks the ball into the back of the net. Her teammates erupt into cheers and Rozma blows the whistle to signal the end of the match.
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ADB to Provide $100M for COVID-19 Response in Afghanistan
Tolo News
September 19, 2020
According to data by the Public Health Ministry, 108,193 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 4,906 known active COVID-19 cases in the country. The national lockdown that ended in May affected many businesses in the country, according to government officials.
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Afghan Mothers' Names to Be Printed on Children's ID Cards
VOA
September 18, 2020
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed the reform into law Thursday. It is being lauded as a "major victory" for Afghan women and rights campaigners, who have long fought for the change to promote gender equality in the country. 
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UN-linked peace programme aims to boost women’s representation
TRTWORLD
September 17, 2020
The launch of the Women ART Peace Programme comes as the UN75 global governance forum held a virtual meeting to explore ways in which to achieve sustainable development goals.
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