21 September 2018

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Inter-ministerial meeting discussed preparations for holding of the second joint meeting of the cooperation between Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) yesterday, a statement said.
Inaugurating the session, Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani said Afghanistan and UAE had signed MoU in 2007, but the two countries could organize the joint meeting only once in 2011.
Minister Rabbani emphasized on following of the MoU’s articles, including sending of Afghan workers to UAE, transferring of detainees, countering human-trafficking, training of the religious scholars and air services, the statement added.
 

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the Haqqani terrorist network, one of the most powerful and feared groups in the Afghan insurgency, has died after a long illness, the Taliban said on Tuesday.
Haqani, who founded the network in the 1970s, gave up operational leadership of the group some years ago to his son Siraj Uddin, who is now deputy leader of the Taliban, with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head.
The Taliban issued a statement on Haqqani’s death but did not say where or when he died but said he had been ill and bed-ridden for several years.
Defense ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said the death was not expected to mean any major change for the Haqqani network, blamed by Afghan officials for some of the most devastating suicide attacks of the past decade.
“Operationally, his death will not have an impact on the group,” he said, adding that Haqqani’s role in recent years was ideological rather than practical.
Haqqani is considered to have introduced suicide bombing to Afghanistan, where it was previously unknown, and his group become notorious for complex, well-organized attacks on both Afghan military, as well as civilians targets and high-profile kidnappings.
Last year, a bomber believed to have been sent by the network blew himself up in the heart of the government and embassy district in the Afghan capital Kabul, martyring about 150 people.
Jalaluddin Haqqani’s death has been reported a number of times over recent years and the reports have never been disproved.
 

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Civil society activists in southern Helmand province on Sunday staged a protest demonstration against recent remarks by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif about his country’s share of water from the Helmand River.
Zarif a few days back during an interview with an Iranian TV said they had right over the Helmand’s river water and if the Afghan government did not allow the water to flow into his country, then they would put pressure on Afghanistan under various pretexts.
Zarif did not provide details about the pressure, but he mentioned that hundreds of acres of land had damaged in their border provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan where people faced huge problems.
However, a number of Helmand based civil society activists protested against Zarif’s remarks.
Nazar Mohammad Rodi, a protestor and civil societies’ coordination director, said Iranian officials clearly interfered in Afghan government affairs for their own benefits.
He urged the Afghan government to take measures and respond to Zarif’s recent claim.
“The water in Helmand River is not enough water for us, then how can we give a share to them (Iranians).”
A number of other activists expressed similar views and urged the Afghan government not to remain silent about the issue.
 

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani telephoned his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday.
Expressing the greetings and best wishes of the government and people of Afghanistan for Pakistan, Rabbani said that he looked forward to strengthening ties between the two countries, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
For his part, Qureshi reiterated that as close neighbors, peace and prosperity of the two countries are interlinked.  He also highlighted the need to work together for achieving lasting regional peace.
Both sides appreciated improvement in relations since the launch of Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability process in May 2018, according to the statement.
The two leaders agreed that the next round of APAPPS would be soon held in Islamabad.  They also welcomed the holding of joint Pak-Afghan Ulema Conference in Islamabad, the dates of which are being finalized, the statement said.
During the call, Minister Rabbani extended an invitation to his counterpart to visit Afghanistan at an early date, which he accepted.
 

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