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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting and Nominee Minister of Information and Culture (MoIC) Mohammad Tahir Zuhair, met with Acting and Nominee Minister of Finance here yesterday and both sides discussed different issues, including MoIC’s budget.
At the outset, Minister Zuhair pointed out to the Ministry of Information and Culture’s budget problems, adding that “We know in the current situation, the priorities of the Afghan government are to fight the coronavirus and its economic and social consequences.
" However, he said the Ministry of Information and Culture has signed a number of agreements, the goods of which have been received and it was needed to pay their amounts. “
Based on the instruction of the President, there are several development projects in the areas of historical monuments of the country that needed to be addressed, and we want the budget cooperation of the Ministry of Finance in these areas.
” The acting minister of finance said that they have made amendments in the national budget, in particular in those areas where consumption was impossible due to outbreak of the coronavirus, adding that much efforts would be paid to address necessary development projects. “
The budget problems can be discussed by both ministry’s technical colleagues, and in the mid-year review of the national budget, we will consider it in terms of financial resources,” he added. At the end of the meeting, it was decided that the technical teams of the two sides meet and discuss the budget needs of the Ministry of Information and Culture.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has named veteran diplomat Mohammad Umer Daudzai as his special representative for Pakistan.
Born on October 12, 1957 in the Qarabagh district of Kabul, Daudzai has served as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan and Iran.
In August 2013, he was appointed as minister of interior -- a position he left in December 2014.
He is Afghanistan’s first special representative for Pakistan. Daudzai’s main responsibility would be forging coordination with Pakistan on the peace process and improving relations between the neighbors.
Some weeks back, Pakistan appointed Mohammad Sadiq Khan as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special representative for Afghanistan.
Daudzai also served as chief of staff to former president Hamid Karzai -- a position he held until 2005 when he was named ambassador to Iran.


Monday July 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 239 new positive cases of the coronavirus from 668 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, the ministry also reported 34 new deaths from COVID-19 and 737 recoveries within the last 24 hours.
With this, the total cases are now 33,190 the total reported deaths are 898, and total recoveries are 20,103 in Afghanistan.


Monday July 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) As many as 11 anti-government militias were killed and 11 more were wounded during separate clashes with Afghan security forces in Kandahar and Ghazni provinces.
Security officials reported that, six terrorists were killed and three more were wounded during conflicts with Afghan security forces in relevant areas of Muqar, Deh Yak districts and Ghazni city.
Meanwhile, five armed oppositions were killed and 8 others were injured following clashes with Afghan security forces in Marouf district of Kandahar province.

Monday July 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A member of Logar provincial council was injured after unidentified gunmen stormed on her vehicle in Pul-e-Alam city the provincial capital of the province this morning.
Dedar Lawang spokesman of Logar governor told BNA reported, unknown gunmen carried out attack on vehicle of Nafisa Hejran member of provincial council of Logar today, as a result Nafisa Hejran and her driver were injured.
Now the member of provincial council and her driver are under treating and their health conditions not critical, Lawang added.

Monday July 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghan security forces succeeded to push back a terrorist attack carried out on their security checkpoint in Mir Bacha Koot district of Kabul province last night.
Ministry of interior in a statement reported that, two terrorists stormed on a security shell in Pul-e-Sofyan region, Mir Bacha Koot district of Kabul, that their attack successfully rebelled by Afghan security forces.
A terrorist was killed and another was arrested along with some heavy and light weapons, the statement added.

Monday July 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) As many as 19 anti-government militias were killed and 12 more were wounded during clashes with Afghan security forces in Zabul province.
Ministry of interior by releasing a statement issued that the conflicts took place, while a group of Taliban fighters stormed on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in relevant areas of Shahr Safa district and Qalat city the provincial capital of the province.
19 armed oppositions were killed and 12 others were wounded during the clashes, the statement added.
Some heavy and light weapons and several vehicles belonged to the insurgents have been seized during the assaults, the statement further added.
It is mentionable that after the clashes, Afghan security forces succeeded to discover and conflict 18 round of different type of mines in crowded areas of the mentioned regions.

Monday July 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen said that all parties in Afghanistan need to focus their attention on peace efforts, amid the recent surge in violence, in Afghanistan.
He deplored all acts of violence and urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint, to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and realize the long awaited peace by the people of Afghanistan.
Noting, on the other hand, the positive developments towards dialogue, the Secretary General called on all Afghans to redouble their efforts exerted, to achieve long lasting peace and reconciliation, in the country.
By reiterating the firm commitment of the OIC to stand by the people of Afghanistan, Al-Othaimeen concluded his statement.

Monday July 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed to 350 poor and needy families in eastern Nangarhar province.
Press office of Nangarhar’s governor by releasing a statement reported, the aids have been provided by World Food Program (WFP) and distributed to the families, those affected during COVID-19 outbreak.
The distribution assistances include, flour, cooking ghee, pea, sugar and salt, the statement added.

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar held a telephone conversation with British Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ms Alison Blake CMG.
At the onset, both sides exchanged views on the global experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and deliberated the impacts it has had on Afghanistan and the United Kingdom.
The main topic of discussion was the Afghan peace process. Both sides also exchanged views on the latest developments in the peace process such as concerns on the increase in the level of violence, the mechanisms needed for monitoring a reduction of violence, release of prisoners by the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, and the importance of beginning Intra-Afghan negotiation.
Minister Atmar and Ambassador Blake also deliberated the importance of regional and international engagement and the need for consensus on the Afghan peace process.
The British Ambassador reiterated the support of the British government for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

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