23 February 2019

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Friday December 14, 2018 Herat City (BNA) Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met in his office the Ambassador and Head of European Union Delegation Mr. Pierre Mayaudon, this afternoon. Ambassador Mayaudon paid this courtesy call to discuss new engagements in Afghanistan. The two sides discussed a range of issues, including areas the EU mission could engage in. Ambassador Mayaudon briefed the Deputy Foreign Minister on the new areas the EU is determined to engage in. Deputy Foreign Minister appreciating the engagements of the EU in Afghanistan welcomed the new areas of cooperation which includes peace, returning refugees, and reintegration of ex-combatants. The EU Ambassador reiterated the mission’s support of an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process. Both sides emphasized the need for closer cooperation between the ministry and the EU delegation. M.A.Ansari
Friday December 14, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan opened the Lapis Lazuli Transit, Trade and Transport corridor, a route that includes five other nations and will allow the country to connect with Europe and other parts of the world on Thursday. During the opening ceremony President Ghani in Herat province said, thanks to this new route, which begins at the port of Aqina in the north, Afghan products will be able to reach Europe and other regions more easily. Afghanistan is in favor of the connectivity policy and the opening of the belt is a milestone in this regard, President Ghani added. The Lapis Lazuli corridor connects Afghanistan through Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia with the Black Sea and, on the other hand through Turkey with the Mediterranean Sea and Europe. It is an axis to revive the ancient Silk Road, which focuses on the facilitation of customs operations and transactions of goods. The agreement for its creation was signed in October 2017, after more than three years of negotiations between Afghanistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The name 'Lapis Lazuli' derives from the historical route by which the lapis lazuli of Afghanistan and other semiprecious stones were exported, more than two centuries ago to the Caucasus, Russia, the Balkans, Europe and North Africa. M.A.Ansari
Friday December 14, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Ambassador of United Kingdom to Kabul, Sir Nicholas Kay, paid a farewell call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani, this morning. Ambassador Kay thanked Foreign Minister Rabbani for the cooperation of the ministry with the UK’s mission in Kabul, informing him that he will return to Afghanistan as the NATO civilian representative. The Afghan Foreign Minister appreciated the British Ambassador’s efforts in strengthening the bilateral ties between Afghanistan and UK, expressing hope to see him soon in Kabul as the NATO Civilian Representative. The two sides also briefly discussed areas of cooperation and issues of mutual interest. M.A.Ansari

Friday November 30, 2018
Kabul (BNA) The death toll soared to 15 in the car bomb attack in Kabul that targeted London-based Security contractor company G4S on Wednesday night.
According to BNA report, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed that 15 people including five attackers were killed and 29 others were injured following the attack.
Danish also confirmed in his twitter account that the attack on G4S Company claimed 15 lives including five attackers and injured 29 others.
Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing.

Zabihullah Majahid who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit, in contact with media claimed that first a militant blew up his explosive-laden car next to the company, opening the way for others to enter the company's compound and began targeting anyone inside.


Friday November 30, 2018
Kabul (BNA) An OSCE-organized workshop for senior border officials from Turkmenistan and Afghanistan on inter-agency cooperation in border security and management took place in Ashgabat in November 2018, OSCE office in Ashgabat said in a message on Nov. 30. An expert from the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre and international experts on international and interagency co-operation in border security and management assisted in conducting the workshop. “Through this workshop the OSCE confirms the relevance and effectiveness of its activities in strengthening border security and developing various aspects of co-operation in the world and here in the region,” said Natalya Drozd, Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat.
“The OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation attach special importance to border security issues, in particular, to countering common challenges and threats, primarily international terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking, transnational organized crime and illegal migration,” she said. The First Secretary of the Embassy of Afghanistan Mohammad Hassan Aman thanked the OSCE Centre for its ongoing work in the area of border security and management, and emphasized its contribution to promoting cooperation between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
Istvan Samu, an international expert from Hungary underscored that the partners involved need to have common goals and interests for the inter-agency co-operation to be effective and beneficial. Shahriniso Najmetdinova–Scott, an independent Consultant on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, elaborated on the different types of transnational threats, such as terrorism, and placed special attention to the phenomenon of harmful gender stereotypes. Seppo Turkia, an international expert from Finland, acquainted the participants with the work of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) and Finnish best practices in inter-agency cooperation. Taras Seredyuk and Henadzi Aleksiayuk from the State Border Guard Committee of the Republic of Belarus also shared their practices and experiences on interagency co-operation. The workshop was organized with financial support from the governments of Germany, Italy and Japan, and is the third in a series of joint Turkmen-Afghan workshops held this year within the Centre’s extra-budgetary project. This project component will conclude with a three-day joint Turkmen-Afghan Workshop on fighting cross-border crimes and countering drugs, psychoactive substances and precursors scheduled for December 4-6, 2018 in Ashgabat.

Friday November 30, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Ireland’s first ever Test match will take place in India against Afghanistan, after the schedule for their 2019 tour was revealed on Friday morning.
Graham Ford’s side will face their familiar foes in nine fixtures across February and March next year - with three T20 Internationals and five ODIs preceding a tour-ending Test.
It will be the first of two Test matches in the calendar year for Ireland, with a historic four-day Test scheduled at Lord’s against England from July 24th-27th.
The challenge posed by Afghanistan at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun Uttarakhand will be vastly different to the one waiting in London later in the year.
And Andrew Balbirnie sees March’s Test on the subcontinent as major step forward for Irish cricket, as his side embark on their first tour as a Full Member nation.
The 27-year-old batsman said: “It will no doubt be a test for the entire squad - taking on Afghanistan in subcontinent conditions will require a level of adjustment by both our batting and bowling units.
“As we saw here at home in the summer, Afghanistan are a quality side with some world-class players, and will be a great challenge in their ‘home’ conditions.
“We are fortunate that Graham Ford [head coach has scheduled a batting camp in December which will provide a number of our batsmen with some exposure to those conditions - it will be particularly beneficial for some of the younger guys like Harry Tector and James McCollum who won’t have experienced Indian pitches.”
Following their return from India, Ireland also welcome England back to Malahide for a ODI on May 3rd.

Friday November 30, 2018
Aibak City (BNA) Taliban attack on Dara Souf Payeen district of northern Samangan province has foiled by Afghan security forces last night.
Raz Mohammad Khan head of provincial council in Samangan told BNA reporter, Taliban militants launched attack from three points on Dara Souf Payeen district’s center that their attack repulsed by Afghan security forces.
During the 5-hours clashes, four militants were killed, four injured and three Afghan troops were wounded too, the source added.
Security situation in the district is not better and local and center government must pay attention in the district, the source further added.
Meanwhile, Abdul Yaqeen Ahmadi district governor of Dara Souf Payeed confirmed Taliban attack and asked from government to keen attention on the district.

Friday November 30, 2018
Ghazni City (BNA) As many as 12 armed oppositions were killed during air raid led by Coalition Forces in relevant areas of Ghazni province last night.
Col. Fazul Khuda Ibrahimkhail spokesman of 203 Tander army corps told BNA reporter, the air attack carried out by Coalition Forces in vicinity of Geroy district of the province.

Friday November 30, 2018
Herat City (BNA) At least 28 armed oppositions were killed during clashes started between two groups of Taliban militants in western Herat province.
The clashes took place between fighters of Mullah Rasoul (Dissident of Taliban group) and Mullah Haibatullah leader of Taliban in Herat.
Abdul Ahad Walizadah spokesman of Herat police headquarters told BNA reporter, the conflicts took place between members of Mullah Rasoul and Mullah Haibatullah, in which 28 insurgents from both sides were killed and hundreds families were forced to leave their houses.
17 other militants from both sides were wounded during the conflicts.
Herat has been among the relatively calm provinces in West of Afghanistan, but the security situation in some of its remote districts has started to deteriorate comparatively during the recent years.
Insider clashes between Taliban militants is not a rare action, already several times clashes have been occurred among the terrorist group in Herat province, which caused casualties to civilians as well.

Friday November 30, 2018
Farah City (BNA) At least 11 anti-government militias including their three local commanders were killed during air attack carried out by Coalition Forces in western Farah province last night.
Muhibullah Muhib spokesman of police headquarters in Farah told BNA correspondent, the insurgents have been targeted in Takht Tewsak and Kora Gazi regions of Farah city the provincial capital of the province.
The bodies of local commanders named Mullah Abdul Zaher Kotak, Abdul Salam Hanzalah and Mullah Abdul Shakor Ramati were among the dead.
Two vehicles and some heavy and light weapons belonged to Taliban have been destroyed during the air attack, Muhib added.

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