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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that 6 countries have now been granted waiver with respect to Iran sanctions for Oil Import.
The 6 countries are India, China, Italy, Greece, Japan, and South Korea.
Meshrano Jirga, the Afghan Senate House in response to the assassination of a pro-Taliban Pakistani religious cleric Maulana Samiul Haq discussed about the incident.
On Sunday, the senators talked about the assassination of Maulana Samiul Haq and believed that Samiul Haq had seemed keen for Afghan peace process which could have made his assassination sourced from various dimensions with a common purpose of hindering the Afghan peace process.
Senators also said that the assassination of Maulana Samiulhaq should be a lesson to those who are spewing violence and should thus, refrain from killing innocent civilians.
On Saturday evening, news broke out that Maulana Samiul Haq, who was also famous as the ‘Father of Taliban’ in Afghanistan, was stabbed to death in his residence.
The ministry of commerce and industry said today in a statement that the 2018 China International Import Expo, which opened on November 5, will continue until November 10 this year.
Representatives from 100 countries including Afghanistan have exhibited their products in Shanghai.
Carpets, saffron, fresh and dried fruits, especially pine nut, Precious and semi-precious gemstones and handicrafts are among Afghanistan’s products that are being exhibited.
In a statement released by Chief Executive Abdullah, it was stated that the Chief Executive met with US Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells on Monday.
They two discussed bilateral relations, political developments, upcoming Geneva conference on Afghanistan, and the peace process as well as elections.
It has been reported by local officials in Panjshir that 12 new born babies have passed away in a single day at the emergency hospital there.
The reason for the deaths is not clear yet and there an investigation has been initiated.
It had been reported by the Ministry of Defense that 2 IS-K insurgents were killed in ANA airstrikes in the Pachir WA Agam district of Nangarhar Province.
The report is for the past 24 hours.
As per statements by the Ministry of Defence, a total of 24 insurgents have been killed across Ghazni, Zabul, Kandahar, and Paktika.
In Paktika’s Gayan district, 3 Haqqani network terrorists were killed by ANA airstrikes while in Zabul’s Arghandab district, the ANA response attacks killed 10 insurgents and wounded 16 others. 3 insurgents were killed in the ANA artillery attacks in Kandahar’s Nish district as well.
Additionally as per the statements, 8 insurgents were killed, 5 others were wounded,
and 3 were arrested in ANA clearing operations in Andar district of Ghazni.
6 militants including a local commander of the Taliban group were killed or wounded in U.S. drone strike in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan as per military.
The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said that the coalition forces carried out airstrikes using unmanned aerial vehicles, and targeted the militants in Qala Tak area of Alisheng district in Laghman.
The statement further added that the airstrikes killed Taliban’s local commander Allah Yar along with at least 3 militants while also wounding at least 3 other.
Taliban has not commented regarding the report so far.
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah at the Council of Ministers meeting pointed out that the conflict in Uruzgan is not particularly an ethnic dispute and that the Taliban has inflicted casualties on the security forces of Afghanistan.
“People who have always supported the system, [they] should not feel that the government is unaware of them. We have issued orders for the resistance of the Uruzgan, and we will soon see positive results,” Dr Abdullah assured.
He also emphasised on the nature of the situation in Uruzgan that “The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack and used any light and heavy weapons in Uruzgan, so it seems that it is not an ethnic battle.”
This comes after there has been continued emphasis and focus on the violence in Uruzgan inflicted by the Taliban.
Sebghat Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Afghan Foreign Ministry told BBC that the Afghan government will not attend the Moscow Peace talks, but members of the High Peace Council, as an independent body, have decided to attend the meeting.
Mr. Ahmadi said that Afghanistan welcomes any peace talks, but “Afghanistan’s leadership and sovereignty must be recognized in any peace Talks.”
Russia had previously postponed the Moscow Talks from September till November. The Taliban have also been invited to the talks along with other countries like Pakistan, India, US, and others. So far there is no official confirmation from any of the countries.
Mohammad Homayoun Qayumi, the Acting Finance Minister of Afghanistan met with the officials of Turkmenistan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry confirmed in a statement.
During the meeting, there was focus on the implementation of important joint infrastructure projects between the two nations, such as the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and the use of the first phase of the “International Asian Railway Transport Corridor” Kerki-Imamnazar (Turkmenistan) – Akina (Afghanistan).
The sides assured mutual commitment and cooperation of the two countries. Included in the priority themes was the role of interstate cooperation in the trade-economic, fuel-energy, transport and cultural-humanitarian fields.
“The delegation of the IRA expressed sincere gratitude for the continued assistance provided by Turkmenistan in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, commending Turkmenistan’s active participation in stabilizing and establishing a peaceful and prosperous life in the neighboring state,” the statement added.
The meeting of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Afghan Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation is being held in Ashgabat currently.
Nasir Ahmed Faqiri, Head of Provincial Council of Ghazni has confirmed to Reporterly that Taliban captured Khogyani district in an attack last night.
Mr Faqiri stated that “the district fell to Taliban last night. Also, the entire telecommuniction service, except Salam, has been shut down in the area.”
Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib met with the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells on Monday morning in Kabul, as per a statement by NSA office.
They discussed security, peace, regional cooperation on the fight against terrorism and regional trade as per the statement.