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Thursday, 01 October 2020 05:33

Acting FM Meets Russian Ambassador in Kabul

Thursday October 1, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the Russian Ambassador to Kabul Dmitry Zhirnov, on Wednesday.
According to BNA report, the Acting Foreign Minister thanked the Russian Federation for its cooperation with Afghanistan over the past nineteen years. Atmar also reflected on Russia's significant role in supporting the Afghan peace process.
The two sides discussed the progress in Afghanistan Peace Negotiations, the need for a comprehensive and immediate ceasefire, reduction of violence and its monitoring mechanism. They also stressed on preserving the achievements of the past nineteen years.
Mr. Zhirnov said that the start of peace talks between the government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban was a positive step towards achieving a lasting peace.
In closing, both sides stressed on the importance of further strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation between Afghanistan and Russia.

Thursday, October 01, 2020
Asadabad (BNA) Work on two development projects began in Kunar yesterday.
According to BNA, the coordination office of Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development's launched the two development projects at a cost of 27 million Afghanis in Dara-e-Pich Kunar district.
These projects include the construction of 194 meters of protective walls, 40 meters of irrigation canals and 50 meters of concrete iron canals.
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Thursday, 01 October 2020 05:06

Bridge Construction Work Begins in Urozgan

Thursday, October 01, 2020
Trenkot (BNA) The construction of a concrete iron bridge in Aruzgan began yesterday.
According to BNA, the bridge will be built by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development at a cost of 72 million Afghanis in the village of Abbardeh in the city of Trenkot, the capital of Uruzgan.
It is said that with the construction of this bridge, the Abbbardeh ,Malizi Sofli , Olya villages will be connected to Trenkot, and one thousand two hundred families will benefit directly and two thousand five hundred families will indirectly benefit from facility of the bridge.
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Thursday, October 01, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting and Designate Minister for Information and Culture, Mohammad Tahir Zuhair, met yesterday with officials of presidential office’s investment facility unit. In the meeting, deputy of investigation and development department for the investment facility unit spoke related to opportunities for investment in the area of tourism in Afghanistan. Afterwards, acting minister of information and culture Mohammad Tahir Zuhair considered tourism as one of the most profitable industry of the world, adding that most of the countries of the world have increased their revenues through the respective Minister Zuhair industry. Considering Afghanistan as a country enriching natural and touristic attractions, acting minister of information and culture added that each corner of the country has its particular attraction for national and international tourists. He considered six areas as key for tourism industry and attraction of tourists, saying that the six areas where such as security, ground and air transportation, hotel services, natural and cultural sites and providing services and facilities in issuing visas to international tourists.

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and an economic cooperation agreement have been signed in presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, acting ministers of mines and petroleum and telecommunication and information technology, chairmen of DABS and Bayat Group and Turkmen ambassador to Kabul. In a ceremony held yesterday on this occasion at Presidential Palace and attended by members of cabinet and Turkmen minister for foreign affairs, first acting chairman of Da Afghanistan Bank by briefing related to the MoUs and agreement praised the country’s President for paving the way for signing such big projects with agreement of the Turkmen President Qurbanquli Berdi Mohammadov. Afterwards, via video conference the Turkmen foreign affairs minister by conveying good wishes of the people of Turkmenistan and President to Pres- ident Ghani and the people of Afghanistan added Turkmenistan and Afghanistan as two good neighbors and friends have proved that they were strengthening their relations in cultural and economic sectors besides having diplomatic relations. Pointing to Afghanistan peace process, the Turkmen foreign affairs minister said that his country would fully support from all initiatives and efforts taken towards maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan, hoping Afghanistan would soon reach lasting peace. Related to TAPI, the Turkmen foreign affairs minister asserted that Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and In- dia should jointly work and cooperate in connection with gas, energy and railway as they were all for further cooperation among the four countries. Afterwards, Three Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) and an economic cooperation agreement were signed in the ceremony in presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. Speaking in the ceremony, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani while praising the Turkmen President said with overall attention of the Turkmen President in the past five years, new Lapis Lazuli Route and Silk Road were revived and by starting these big projects, they would revive and develop the Helmand civilization. “Today is a day that we are reviving our good history and compensate bad incidents of the past history,” President Ghani said, adding that in the first step, Herat would be changed to a key center of gas and energy. The country’s President further said that by construction of Khawaf – Herat railway, Torghundi – Herat, both Afghani- stan and Turkmenistan would be connected to each other, saying that by completion of Uzbekistan railway, the Timorid era of Herat civilization would be revived. Pointing to TAPI project, President Ghani said that the work on TAPI would be started next year in Afghanistan, adding that Turkmenistan is a good neighbor not only for Afghanistan but for other countries in the region.

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, who was on a three-day trip in Pakistan, met with Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi on Wednesday, Abdullah's office said in a statement.
According to the statement, both leaders discussed the Afghan peace negotiations and bilateral relations. During the visit, Alvi expressed his full support for the peace effort and for strengthening relations between the two countries.
“The Pakistani government and leadership fully support the peace efforts in Afghanistan. We stand for an end to war, and for peace and stability in Afghanistan. Pakistan suffers from war in Afghanistan and benefits from peace,” Alvi said during the meeting.
Meanwhile, Abdullah Abdullah provided a clear picture of the situation in Afghanistan, peace talks, challenges and opportunities for achieving peace, and areas for bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Abdullah said that achieving peace the priority of the people and the government of Afghanistan at this point,and called for the cooperation of Pakistan and other countries achieving success at this stage.
“Afghanistan wants good relations with all its neighbors, especially with Pakistan, and peace and stability in Afghanistan will pave the way for cooperation, trade growth and development between the two countries and the region as a whole,” Abdullah said.
The meeting followed Tuesday's meeting between Abdullah and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan where they discussed the peace process.
“Peace in Afghanistan, bilateral ties between the two countries, and help in Afghanistan in different sectors were discussed in the meeting,” added the statement.
Pakistan’s prime minister reiterated that he would visit Afghanistan and that he is ready to help Afghanistan in achieving peace and strengthening trade and transit ties between the two countries, according to the statement.
“The Afghan side thanked Pakistan for the invitation and its support for peace efforts facilitating the peace negotiations,” the statement said, adding that the expectation was that Pakistan will help Afghanistan in achieving peace.
Dr. Abdullah also met with Pakistan’s Senate Speaker Sadiq Sanjrani and discussed Afghanistan-Pakistan trade and transit ties, the peace process and other current topics, Abdullah’s office said in a statement.

Wednesday September 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported 14 new positive cases of COVID-19 from 285 samples tested in Afghanistan within the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, no patient died due to coronavirus, while 43 patients have recovered within the last 24 hours in the country.
With this, the total cases are now 39,268, the total reported deaths are 1,458 and total recoveries are 32,789 in Afghanistan.
Officials in Ministry of Public Health reported that 5,021 active cases of COVID-19 among patients at under their care as Wednesday morning in Afghanistan.
It is mentionable that until now 110,935 samples of coronavirus has been tested in laboratories of the ministry across the country, the officials added.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 09:56

Series of Blasts Prevented in Kandahar

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) The security troops prevented a series of explosions by detecting and defusing at least 40 mines.
These mines were discovered and defused this morning with the cooperation of local people through the busy roads of Kandahar, Zabul and Uruzgan.
Atal Army Corps in south of the country said in a newsletter that the Taliban wanted to use this mines to create a series of deadly incidents to civilians and create fear and panic among the people.
No one has been arrested in connection with the bombings.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Trenkot (BNA) Dozens Taliban insurgents were killed in the latest attacks by Afghan Security Forces Raids in Uruzgan.
The Taliban were the target of air and ground attacks overnight in parts of Urozgan, especially around the city of Trenkot.
Atal Army Corps' media office in south of the country said in a news release that 36 Taliban insurgents were killed and dozens more wounded in air and ground attacks.
He said that at the end of these events, dozens of weapons and motorcycles of the attackers fell into the hands of the military.
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Wednesday, 30 September 2020 09:53

Taliban Insurgents Killed in Farah Clash

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Farah (BNA) Six Taliban insurgents were killed in a clash by security forces in Farah last night.
The Taliban were killed in a series of shootings last night when they attacked a convoy carrying troops on a public road in Bala Block district.
The media office of Zafar Army Corps in west of the country said in a newsletter that six armed Taliban were killed in the battle.
According to another report, an armed Taliban member was killed in a roadside bomb blast.
The armed Taliban wanted to detonate a mine on the outskirts of Farah, but the mine exploded and killed him.
Taliban mostly planted bombs and mines on busy roads of the province, which victimized innocent civilians.
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