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President Ashraf Ghani in a cabinet meeting on Monday echoed National Security Adviser (NSA) to say that the next round of the intra-Afghan talks should be held in Afghanistan.
“I would like to strongly reiterate the remarks made by the Afghan National Security Adviser that we would prefer a second round of peace talks in Afghanistan,” said Presidential spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi quoting President Ghani.
Ghani reiterated that the Taliban are Afghans and therefore will agree to talks to be held inside the country.
He said wherever the Taliban wants to continue with talks in Afghanistan, the government is ready for negotiations.
“Afghans can negotiate under a tent, too, and in cold weather. This is not the time for luxury hotels to be considered as preconditions. it is necessary that all the people should see how the talks are moving forward, what are the areas of focus,” Ghani said.
The National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib on Saturday said the next rounds of the peace negotiations between the teams of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban should be conducted in Afghanistan, adding that the government does not have any issue with any venue that is selected by the Taliban.
This comes as Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, at the Heart of Asia Society’s 7th session on Thursday, said the group has the will to solve Afghanistan’s conflict through negotiations.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Monday reported 211 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 1,442 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported 4 deaths and 26 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative number of total cases is now 49,484 the number of total reported deaths is 1,975 and the total number of recoveries is 38,410.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Bamyan, Kunduz, Parwan, Nimroz, Ghazni, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Helmand, Laghman, Kunar, Kapisa, Panjshir and Faryab provinces.
A Canadian tech business Taleam Systems says they are working on a new technology to help expedite the peace process and stability in Afghanistan’s longest war.
Meladul Haq Ahmadzai, CEO of Taleam Systems says, “The Afghan people want real and just peace, no more war after more than four decades of turmoil conflict.”
Taleam Systems’ CEO is voicing concerns about the on-going failure of peace talks which requires business participation and civil society role to achieve the talks.
He adds, “We know that technology and money enhance and opens doors for cooperation, but these talks have been held behind closed doors and no solution available despite all these things available to the groups.”
Taleam Systems is working on a new technology to detect and remove landmines in war-torn countries such as Afghanistan using autonomous robotics. Ahmadzai signals that currently landmines are removed by working people.
He says, “Our robotic implementation would help save both military workers and the general public from landmines, and it will also pave the way for military withdrawal in the near future.”
According to the news, last month, in November, the UN office in Geneva held a meeting to raise money for the Afghan peace process, but the war in recent weeks has intensified.
In recent weeks, journalists and civilians have been killed in the war due to road landmines, leaving family members to grieve on their own. This is the longest US’s imposed war in history since it started in 2001.
Taleam Systems is a technology business based in Ottawa-Canada which has been developing technologies and involved in Afghan peace issue since long.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and the Afghan ambassador discussed the distinguished relations between the UAE and Afghanistan and stressed the importance of boosting cooperation between the two friendly countries in all fields to mirror the overall strategic partnership.
According to UAE media, the Meeting was held on Sunday at Sheikh Nahyan’s palace where he received the Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UAE Javid Ahmad.
Sheikh Nahyan said that the UAE, led by President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is keen to develop cooperation and ties with countries throughout the world to boost tolerance, coexistence and solidarity, as well as expand the principles of human fraternity, which are the values that the UAE adopts in its relations with all countries.
A traffic Police has allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with a pistol in Sayed Khail district of Parwan province, local officials confirmed.
The spokesperson for Parwan governor, Wahida Shahkar told Reporterly that the incident happened on Sunday night in Ashter Shahr village of Sayed Khail district.
According to Shahkar, the slain Police was identified as “Roki” who worked as a traffic Police in Kabul and was a resident of Sayed Khail district.
Shahkar described the reason of the incident as family problems.
Governor’s spox added that the wife of slain Police has been arrested in connection with the incident and investigations are underway.
President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday chaired a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), the Presidential Palace (Arg) said.
Arg in a press release said that the implementation of NSC previous resolution, the implementation of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Soldiary (APAPPS) and the adoption of a new approach to border management were discussed in the meeting.
According to the press release, the special representative of President Ghani for Pakistan, Omar Daudzai briefed the meeting about the implementation of APAPPS.
Daudzai said both countries are working on practical steps on the draft of APAPPS, which includes expanding government to government relations, Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace process and following up discussions between the two countries.
He cited that one of the key issues of understanding between the two countries is the regional connectivity, trade, transit, investment and the issue of the return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan.
Daudzai added that contacts are underway between the Afghan and Pakistani Parliamentary groups to strengthen ties.
In the meantime, the National Security Adviser, Hamdullah Mohib said NSC is working on a policy to ensure the security of borders.
“At the end of the meeting, President Ghani pointed at APAPPS draft and said peace and stability in Afghanistan would lead to peace in the region,” the press release said.
Arg added that President Ghani stressed the importance of regional connectivity and said the Afghan government is trying to share its economic vision with Pakistan and central Asian countries and other neighbors.
Russia’s state-owned helicopter manufacturer wants Ukrainian mechanics to stay away from Afghanistan’s Mi-17, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing FlugRevue.
Afghanistan received this in 2014 together with 58 other copies of the modernized Mi-17 variant. The helicopters were ordered by the US Department of Defense in 2011 – but only for the sake of completeness.
As per reports, the two Mi-17V-5s have recently been in Ukraine for maintenance; One went to Motor Sich in Zaporizhia, and the second stayed with Aviakon in Konotop.
“Both companies are quite experienced in overtaking various Mil helicopters and maintain the same for the domestic military, among other things,” the report said.
“The overhaul of these helicopters is carried out in companies that do not master the overhaul in the prescribed manner. The reason is that there is no updated documentation for repair and construction, spare parts or repair kits have been delivered to these aircraft repair companies,” said BulgarianMilitary.com quoted as Russia.
So far, nothing has heard from Ukraine about the allegations.
It is also unclear whether Afghanistan will still have the helicopter serviced as planned. However, the Afghan Mi-17 will be replaced entirely in the coming years by Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk and Boeing CH-47 Chinook from US stocks.
Afghan Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar has met Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for the Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araghchi in Kabul.
The Ministry of Foriegn Affairs (MoFA) in a statement said that Atmar thanked efforts of Araghchi due to opening Khaf-Herat Railway and stated, “Following Afghanistan’s connection with Central Asian countries in the north, the connection of Afghanistan by railway with Iran in the west of the country has increased spirit of hope and confidence to strengthen cooperation and regional connectivity between two governments and nations in the region.”
According to the statement, Afghan foreign minister pointed to the cooperation between Kabul and Tehran in various fields and termed joint efforts of the two countries ‘important and influential’ in line with strengthening regional consensus for the success of Afghan Peace talks.
The two sides also discussed the importance of the continuation of these efforts to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan and ensure economic stability and development in the region.