23 October 2020

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, met yesterday morning with the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan at the presidential palace, a statement said.
During the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan convoyed greetings of the President of Uzbekistan and congratulated President Ghani on the occasion of the Uzbeki national language day. He also that his country fully supports the peace process and the plans of the Afghan government, the presidential press office statement added.
Both sides discussed the further expansion of economic, trade and cultural cooperation between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.
The president asked deputy PM to convoy Afghan people’s greetings to president and people of Uzbekistan, according to the statement.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA)  Members of the contact groups of both sides of the peace negotiations met on Monday night in Doha, capital of Qatar and discussed the disputed issues, said the Afghan delegate Nader Nadery, adding that both sides agreed to continue the discussion.
The contact teams of both sides will be reduced to 3 members each, he added. Previously, the Afghan delegation had 7 members and the Taliban had 5. 
The contact groups are meeting in an attempt to establish procedural rules and an agenda for the talks.
Ghulam Farooq Majroh, Fatima Gailani and Rasul Talib are members of the contact group for the Afghan side, and Nabi Omari, Qari Din Mohammad and Latif Mansoori are contact group members on the Taliban side.
In statements issued from both sides, it was announced that the two teams discussed the contested procedural rules of the formal talks, and the contact groups from the two sides were assigned to agree on the contested items soon.
Sources said the meeting was aimed at finalizing disagreements about the disputed points and accelerating the peace process.
The two sides have agreed on 18 out of 20 articles for the procedural rules, but two main articles—the religious basis for the talks and connection of the US-Taliban deal with the negotiations—remain unsolved. 
The peace negotiations between teams from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban started on September 12; however, so far, direct talks have not started because of disagreements on procedural rules for the negotiations.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 04:50

UK Pledges 70m Pounds in Support for ANDSF

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The United Kingdom has pledged to pay 70 million pounds in support for Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), its embassy in Kabul said yesterday.
The pledge for 2021 was made at the plenary board meeting of the NATO-run Afghan National Army Trust Fund (ANATF) held in Brussels on Monday.
The British Embassy in Kabul in a statement said that Afghanistan is currently experiencing “appalling” levels of violence, despite the long-awaited peace talks beginning in Doha.
“We strongly condemn the high levels of Taliban violence, in particular the offensive in Helmand, that has forced thousands of innocent civilians to flee their homes,” the statement said. “We remain concerned by the alarming numbers that have been injured or killed in the latest clashes and have urged all sides to work towards a ceasefire.”
The statement said that the UK funding – along with other donors – will provide financial, technical, and expert assistance to the Afghan security forces, strengthening their vital work to set Afghanistan on a path to lasting peace and stability.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Acting Foreign Minister, held a telephone conversation with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde, on Monday afternoon, a MoFA statement said yesterday.
At the outset, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked the Government of Sweden for its assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan over the past 19 years and for its support to the Afghan peace process, according to the statement.
While emphasizing her government's support for the Afghan peace process, the Swedish Foreign Minister also referred to her country's development projects to Afghanistan over the past two decades. Linde discussed the effective role of the Swedish Committee in implementing development projects funded by the Government of Sweden in Afghanistan.
Acknowledging the Swedish Foreign Minister's remarks, Atmar thanked the Swedish Government for its financial assistance over the past two decades and talked about the importance of Sweden's role in the Geneva Pledging Conference on Afghanistan, which will be held next month, the statement added.
Referring to the existing mutual accountability framework, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs acknowledged that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is committed to fulfilling its obligations in the fight against corruption.
Linda, as quoted in the statement, voiced her government’s strong support for upholding democratic values, human rights, women’s participation and the rule of law in Afghanistan. She also expressed concern over the raging violence and raised the need for establishment of a ceasefire.
Stressing on his Swedish counterpart's concerns, Atmar discussed the recent developments in the peace talks. He reiterated that the end state of peace talks must ensure that our hard-won achievements of the last 19 years are preserved and that Afghanistan does not turn into a safe haven for terrorists and drug producers, triggering another wave of migration of Afghans to Europe and beyond.
Referring to the recent statement of the EU countries, the Swedish Foreign Minister renewed her Government's support and commitment to the Afghan peace process and the preservation of the achievements in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated and delivered speech in a ceremony held yesterday on the occasion of National Day for Uzbeki Language at Salam Khana Palace.
In the ceremony attended by First Vice President Amrullah Salih, Senate’s Speaker Fazil Hadi Muslimyar, lawmakers, deputy premier of Uzbekistan and the country’s writers and cultural figures, Ustad Azizullah Ural first by thanking President Ghani for naming the 29th of Mizan as National Day for Uzbeki Language congratulated the day to all participants in the ceremony.
Pointing to importance and comprehensively usage of language, Ustad Ural suggested if ministry of education could publish and print Uzbeki books, ministry of higher education could process documents of a number of students who have returned from Uzbekistan and air as well as telecommunication companies could pay attention to broadcasting and producing advertisements in Uzbeki language.
Afterwards, Uzbek’s deputy Prime Minister Sardar Omar Zaqov read out message of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. In his message, the Uzbek President has congratulated Afghanistan National Day for Uzbeki Language to all.
“We’ve provided the opportunity to 200 Afghan students in Uzbekistan’s Termez city to receive Uzbeki literature, railway and other fields and considered it as continued program for Afghans,” Uzbek President said in his message.
In his message, the Uzbek President has assured of overall cooperation with Afghanistan government in security, peace, trade and economic and declared his support from Afghanistan peace efforts and development programs. 
Afterwards, President Ghani spoke and by congratulating the National Day for Uzbeki Language to all said his goal was to implement the 16th article of the country’s constitution and the law has clarified everything for them.
“It is an honor that Uzbek President not only passed his message to us but dispatched a representative to Afghanistan. After a hundred year break and the catastrophic period of Stalin, today Afghanistan and Uzbekistan have close relations and the friendship will continue forever,” President Ghani said.
Pointing to historic and cultural relations between Afghanistan and Central Asian countries, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said their relations were strengthening day by day, which was significant for the stability and tranquility of the people of Afghanistan and Central Asian countries. 
“The Uzbeki is the language of our communication and connection and Afghanistan is lucky as its each language is a connecting language,” President Ghani said, stressing that strengthening each language of the country help strengthen national unity among the people.
The country’s President by offering condolence to the people of Helmand and Ghor provinces on recent incidents in which dozens of innocent Afghans have been martyred and wounded, saying that they were representing the stability and unity.  

Tuesday October 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported 82 new positive cases of COVID-19 from 398 samples tested in Afghanistan within the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, two patients have died due to coronavirus, while 30 others have recovered within the last 24 hours in the country.
With this, the total cases are now 40,369, the total reported deaths are 1,499 and total recoveries are 33,790 in Afghanistan.
Officials in Ministry of Public Health reported that 5,030 active cases of COVID-19 among patients at under their care as Tuesday morning in Afghanistan and 93 patients are in critical conditions.
It is mentionable that until now 118,072 samples of coronavirus has been tested in laboratories of the ministry across the country, the officials added.
COVID-19 global toll has increased to 40,425,369, total dead are reported to more than 1,118,635 according to John Hopkin University report.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Maidan-Shaher (BNA) The number of victims of today's explosions in Maidan-Wardak increased to fourteen people.
Victims include women and children.
Two cars carrying passengers were targeted by a mine in Jalriz area on Kabul-Bamyan highway this morning.
These passengers were supposed to go to Bamyan.
Maidan-Wardak health official told BNA that the death toll had increased to 14.
Fourteen people were also injured in the incident.
A number of the injured, whose health was critical, have been transferred to Kabul for treatment.
Doctors at Maidan -Wardak and Kabul clinics reported the health condition of a number of injured critical.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the bombings, but local sources have blamed Taliban for the incident.
Taliban mostly planted bombs and mines on busy roads of the province, which victimized civilians.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 07:53

Taliban Shadow Governor Killed in Balkh

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Shadow governor of Taliban for Nahershahi District, Balkh was killed along with five other Taliban insurgents in a clash by security forces.
The battle took place last night following an armed Taliban attack on security forces bases in Nahershahi district.
Shaheen Army Corps media office reported in a news release that Mawlavi Gheibullah, shadow governor of Taliban for Nahershahi district, of Balkh was killed along with five other Taliban in the battle.
Mullah Saber and Mullah Shirin, two other local Taliban commanders, were also killed in the battle.
Taliban have not yet commented in this regard.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Maidan-Shaher (BNA) Nine civilians were martyred and four others were injured in a landmine explosion in Maidan-Wardak.
The mines were planted by Taliban in Kota-e-Asher region, Jalrez District and targeting a convoy of passengers.
Mohibullah Sharifzai, spokesman for the governor of Maidan Wardak, told BNA that nine civilians were martyred and four others were injured in the blasts.
Security officials of the province blamed Taliban for the deadly bombings.
The Taliban have not yet commented in this regard.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 07:50

Mine Blast Prevented in Zabul

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Qalat (BNA) Taliban's plan to form dozens of bombings in Zabul failed.
The security forces discovered and defused forty bombs and mines from busy roads of the province this morning.
Shinki district witnessed the largest bombs and mines of Taliban insurgents this morning.
Atal Army Corps in  south of the country blamed the Taliban for the bombings in a newsletter, saying the group had tried to instill fear in the people by setting off dozens of explosions and inflicting casualties on civilians, but not succeeded to their evil goals.
According to reports, residents reportedly played an important role in the discovery of these mines and bombs.
No one has been arrested in connection with the bombings, and the Taliban have not yet commented in this regard.
The Taliban in Afghanistan are increasingly using bombs and mines on busy roads; an action that kills most civilians.
T. Yarzada

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