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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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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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