Newsfeed; Thursday, November 26 2020

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…


  • 26 Nov 2020 Share this post

    Afghanistan, Iran Discuss Expanding Cultural-Media Cooperation

    Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman discussed with Afghan officials on the expansion and development of cultural-media cooperation.

    In his meeting with some current and former Afghan authorities in Kabul, Saeed Khatibzadeh exchanged views on the developing and deepening relations in cultural fields as well as mechanisms related to the expansion of cooperation in the media field.

    In the course of his visit to Afghanistan, Saeed Khatibzadeh met and held talks with some current and former Afghan officials including Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah, Minister of Information and Culture, Deputy Foreign Ministry for Political Affairs as well as his Afghan counterpart.

    Khatibzadeh also met and held talks with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

    During his visit to Kabul University, Iranian delegation expressed his sympathy with the government and people of Afghanistan especially families of martyred students who were martyred in a recent terrorist move.

    Deepening strategic cultural relations, exchanging media delegations and inviting media companions and prominent cultural – scientific figures of Afghanistan were of the other goals behind Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman’s visit to Afghanistan.

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    Ministry of Health Reports 226 New Cases of COVID-19

    The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Thursday reported 226 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 1278 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

    The ministry also reported 9 deaths and 87 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

    The cumulative number of total cases is now 45,716 the number of total reported deaths is 1,737 and the total number of recoveries is 36,232.

    The new cases were reported in Kabul, Kandahar, Balkh, Herat, Nangarhar, Paktia, Parwan, Nimroz, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Laghman, Zabul and Nuristan provinces.

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    Bill Submitted to Iran’s House of Representatives on Punishment of Illegal Migrants

    A bill has been submitted to the Iranian parliament that would impose prison sentences and fines on illegal immigrants, allowing security officials to shoot at vehicles suspected of carrying them.

    According to the bill, if a vehicle escapes from a checkpoint and “there is a strong suspicion of carrying migrants,” officers will be allowed to use firearms.

    The bill seeks to ensure that the killing or wounding of immigrants entering Iran without legal documents does not include any compensation to the victims.

    Despite repeated protests over the killing of Afghans and unarmed Kurds, the Iranian parliamentarians plan to allow the police to shoot.

    More than 30 members of the Iranian parliament have drafted the bill called “Organizing Illegal Foreigners,” which Fars News Agency reported “will be voted on soon.”

    The proponents of this bill want to impose a prison sentence of up to 25 years and a fine of up to 100 million Tomans on illegal immigrants.

    The possibility of confiscating the property and assets of immigrants is also given to the judiciary.

    Those who help with the accommodation, transportation and employment of these migrants will also be punished.

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    Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade Barriers Removed: MoIC

    The Afghan Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) said that “all barriers” in the way of trade relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been settled down over the past few weeks.

    Afghan officials have expressed the hope that with the removal of the obstructions, Afghanistan’s exports to Pakistan will double next year.

    “The Ministry of Industry and Commerce under the leadership of Minister Nisar Ahmad Ghoryani is making all its efforts to remove all barriers in the way of the private sector in trade and commerce with Pakistan,” said Fawad Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. “21 issues that were raised by the private sector about trade with Pakistan have been removed,” he said.

    Officials of the ministry said that an Afghan delegation will soon visit Pakistan where they will discuss further enhancement of trade ties with the neighboring country.

    Naqibullah Safai, the head of Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industries said that trade delegations from the two countries in their recent meetings have agreed to resolve all their bilateral economic issues and enhance their joint efforts to further develop economic ties between the two countries.

    The volume of trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan has slumped to less than $1 billion from $3 billion in the past.

    Officials in Kabul however raised hope that Afghanistan’s exports to Pakistan will increase by $400 million next year.

    The Afghan Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) said that “all barriers” in the way of trade relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been settled down over the past few weeks.

    Afghan officials have expressed the hope that with the removal of the obstructions, Afghanistan’s exports to Pakistan will double next year.

    “The Ministry of Industry and Commerce under the leadership of Minister Nisar Ahmad Ghoryani is making all its efforts to remove all barriers in the way of the private sector in trade and commerce with Pakistan,” said Fawad Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. “21 issues that were raised by the private sector about trade with Pakistan have been removed,” he said.

    Officials of the ministry said that an Afghan delegation will soon visit Pakistan where they will discuss further enhancement of trade ties with the neighboring country.

    Naqibullah Safai, the head of Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industries said that trade delegations from the two countries in their recent meetings have agreed to resolve all their bilateral economic issues and enhance their joint efforts to further develop economic ties between the two countries.

    The volume of trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan has slumped to less than $1 billion from $3 billion in the past.

    Officials in Kabul however raised hope that Afghanistan’s exports to Pakistan will increase by $400 million next year.

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    Afghanistan Receives 100 State-of-the-Art Ventilators from USAID to Help Combat COVID-19

    The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated 100 state-of-the-art ventilators to assist Afghanistan in its fight against COVID-19.

    As per Wasdam report, the ventilators will be distributed to hospitals in the provinces most affected by COVID-19. This donation delivers on President Donald Trump’s generous offer of these life-saving and critically needed supplies and supports Afghanistan’s urgent response to the pandemic.

    Made in America, the ventilators reflect the latest in cutting-edge medical design and technology. They are compact, easily deployable, and will enable Afghanistan to more effectively treat patients with COVID-19.

    They compliment additional technical and humanitarian assistance and training being funded by the United States.

    The Charge d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, Ambassador Ross Wilson said, “The United States stands with Afghanistan in its fight against COVID-19, which poses an unprecedented global health threat. These American-made ventilators will help Afghan patients in the most acute need of medical care. This compliments our long partnership with the Afghan health sector to improve the well-being of its people.”