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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Asadabad (BNA) The World Child Protection Office helped hundreds of children with school supplies.
These children are internally displaced and returnees from foreign countries who now live with their families in Suki district.
The Kunar Education Department has launched training courses for these children who have been deprived of education.
An official from education department of Kumar said that the World Child Protection Office had assisted 1,254 children, including 33 training courses.
The Kunar Education Department says the two-year-olds children are being trained to prepare for school.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 17 September 2020 07:37

Terrorists Detained in Kabul

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Kabul's 5th District Police Command launched an operation last night and arrested three terrorists from Bagh-e-Dawood area.
Kabul police spokesman Ferdows Faramarz said a mine, a car, some explosives, a Kalashnikov, rifle were seized from the detainees.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 17 September 2020 04:35

Acting Foreign Minister Left Kabul for Dushanbe

Thursday September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) On the head of a high-level government delegation, Mohammad Haneef Atmar Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan has left Kabul for Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan this morning.
According to BNA report, Mr. Atmar during his two-day official’s visit will meet President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, Prime Minister, Qaher Rasoolzada, Foreign Minister, Serajodin Mehrodin and Chairman of State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan, Sayed Momin Yatemov.
Mr. Atmar during the meetings will discuss strengthening relations between the two countries, particular security in borders, transportation, investment, trade, transit and energy.
A number of government officials and parliament members are accompanying Mr. Atmar during his trip.
M.A.Ansari

Thursday September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the UN Security Council’s decision to extend the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year. 
MoFA in a statement released on 16 September stated, we would like to thank all of the member states that voted positively for this motion.
UNAMA has played an instrumental and positive role in garnering international support for the peace talks in Afghanistan. UNAMA has used its platform to call for, alongside the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, on the to work towards an end state of the peace talks where the republic, fundamental rights of all, especially women and minorities, are safeguarded and enhanced, the statement added.
The Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan vows to continue to work to pursue permanent, comprehensive ceasefire and an inclusive political settlement, the statement further added. Afghan Government would like to, once again, join the voices of its international partners and echoing the UN Security Council 2532 on humanitarian ceasefire to help aid reach those effected by COVID-19.
The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall render all of its assistance to UNAMA to ensure the successful conclusion of its mission, which are at the best interest of the Afghan people’s developmental, and socio-political progress, the statement concluded.
M.A.Ansari

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Police prevented four terrorist incidents yesterday evening in Balkh.
A spokesman for 209 Shaheen Corps told BNA that police discovered and defused four mines near the Bengaleh Bridge in Balkh district and on the Balkh-Sheberghan public highway and prevented from terrorist events.
He said Taliban had planted the mines to target civilian and military vehicles.
The source added that Balkh police have discovered and defused more than 450 different types of mines in the province in past month.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 17 September 2020 04:30

Professional Criminals Arrested in Kabul

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A group of three professional criminals arrested by police forces in Kabul yesterday.
The press office of the Ministry of Interior said in a newsletter:
Commanders of the Joint Forces of Kabul Garrison arrested a group of three professional criminals from 8th precinct of Kabul city.
This group of professional criminals was involved in various criminal cases, especially murder, kidnapping and armed robbery in parts of Kabul.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Republic of Korea and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have joined hands to construct permanent houses for 253 families in the priority return areas of Afghanistan, a statement said yesterday.
The generous contribution from the Government of the Republic of Korea will be channeled towards UNHCR’s cash for shelter project in Afghanistan. Through the project, families are provided with US$3,300 cash grant and technical assistance to construct a two-room shelter that also includes a bathroom. The cash is provided in three installments as building progresses, a statement from the Korean embassy in Kabul said yesterday.
The letter of understanding for the project was signed yesterday by the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Afghanistan and the UNHCR Representative at a ceremony held in the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.
“The Korean government has been playing its own part in the international community’s efforts to support Afghan refugees,” said Zha Hyoung Rhee, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Afghanistan as quoted in the statement. “The support, which is in line with our long-time support for returning and displaced Afghans, is expected to help our Afghan friends who are especially affected by COVID-19 by providing them with decent housing,” Ambassador Rhee added.
The project is part of UNHCR’s efforts to support the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with strengthening essential facilities and services in communities where Afghan refugees are returning to.  Up to 20 priority areas for return and reintegration have been identified jointly by the Afghan Government and UNHCR, where returnees and displaced people are living among local communities.
“Shelter is one of the most pressing needs for returnees and internally displaced people, second only to food,” the statement quoted the UNHCR Representative in Afghanistan Caroline Van Buren as saying. “The contribution of the Republic of Korea towards building homes for Afghans will not only help improve the living conditions of the families benefitting from the project but also bring them a strong sense of hope for the future.”
UNHCR piloted the Cash for Shelter project with 600 vulnerable displaced and returnee households starting last year. The project is being expanded further in 2020 with the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea.
The projects fall within the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees and its support platform, a regional initiative, which envisages a future in which displaced Afghans might finally return to their homeland permanently and prosper.
Since 2002, more than 5.3 million Afghan refugees have been assisted to return home. Despite the ongoing insecurity in Afghanistan, compounded by the economic impact of COVID-19, around 740 Afghan refugees have returned so far in 2020. Some 2.6 million Afghans have also been displaced by conflict and natural disasters.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The UN Security Council has agreed to extend the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year.
Unanimously adopting the resolution, the 15-member council agreed to extend the mission’s mandate until September 17 next year.
The council welcomed the start of intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha and strongly encouraged the parties to continue pursuing confidence-building measures — including additional reductions in violence — and encouraged them to engage in good faith.
Members decided that UNAMA and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, within their mandate and in a manner consistent with Afghan sovereignty, leadership and ownership, will continue to lead and coordinate international civilian efforts in Afghanistan in full cooperation with the Afghan government.
They laid out a range of priorities, including the support for the organization of future elections; strengthening capacity in the protection and promotion of human rights; support for gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment; the coordination and facilitation of humanitarian assistance; and support for Afghanistan’s development and governance priorities.

Thursday, 17 September 2020 04:25

VP Saleh, French Ambassador Discuss Peace process

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) First Vice President Amrullah Saleh met with French Ambassador to Kabul, David Martinon here in his office yesterday, a statement said.
At the outset, the French ambassador condemned the terrorist attack on first VP’s convoy and extended condolences to the victim’s families, the statement from VP press office said.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed the talks between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban in Doha. The Ambassador of the Republic of France reiterated his country's support for the values of the Afghan people and the achievements of the past two decades, the statement added.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The negotiating teams of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban held a meeting on Tuesday evening, the State Ministry for Peace Affairs said yesterday.
In a video clip sent to media, Afghan negotiation team member Nader Nadery said that the two sides assigned two members from each team as contact persons between the two sides.
Tuesday’s meeting was the second meeting between the two negotiating teams. Their first meeting was held hours after the opening ceremony of the negotiations on Saturday in which they formed to assign members of contact groups.
This comes as US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visited New Delhi Tuesday and met with India’s Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and other senior Indian officials, according to a statement by India’s External Affairs Ministry.
Khalilzad discussed the recently inaugurated Afghanistan peace negotiations, the statement said.  The statement said that the United States and India share the view that the peace process must continue until there is agreement on a political roadmap and a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire.
Khalilzad stressed regional and international support is critical for the success of these negotiations and the implementation of any agreement, the statement added.

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