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Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has said the country will export 62,000 of pine nuts to China over the next five years.
The contract in this regard was signed between Afghan and Chinese companies in the Afghan embassy in Beijing last week.
The contract is worth 2.2 billion US dollars, Hashmatullah Ghafoori, deputy minister for irrigation said at a press conference in Kabul.
The deputy of minister of agriculture, Hamshmatullah Ghafori in a joint press conference on Monday said, “According to the agreement, the Ministry of Agriculture will provide the Chinese companies with the necessary immunity for the harvesting of pine nuts, and the transfer from any province to the Hiratan port will be the responsibility of Afghanistan and from Hiratan to its destination will be the responsibility of China.”
He stated that the process of transferring the bulk of the supplies from Afghanistan to China will be carried out via the Hiratan port through the railway.
Ghafori added that the companies also signed contract for exporting Afghanistan’s pistachio, almond and walnut.
The Czech security mission around Bagram Airforce Base in Afghanistan is scheduled to come to an end in March.
The Czech Minister of Defense Lubomír Metnar informed the soldiers during a recent visit to the airbase.
The mission will change from security of the airbase to training Afghan Special Forces and sending additional doctors to the country, specifically a team of surgeons.
The Czechs have been responsible for security at the airbase for over six years.
There are about 170 soldiers on the mission and nine have lost their lives.
There are missions in Kabul and provincial towns which also have Czech soldiers attached. In addition there are Czech Special Forces personnel active in the country. In all Czechia has about 250 soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
Taliban attack on a military base in Dawlatabad district of northern Balkh province has been repulsed and the insurgents fled away after suffering casualties, army spokesman in Balkh Mohammad Hanif Rezai said.
According to the official, a group of insurgents have attacked Khilgali base in Dawlatabad district and the security forces retaliated forcing the insurgents to flee after leaving four bodies behind.
Three more militants sustained injuries in the fighting lasted for two hours, the official said.
In an interview with Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, the Russian deputy foreign minister, Oleg Syromolotov said that US has not sent any official proposal to cooperate in fighting terrorism in Afghanistan.
However, he cited that Moscow “maintain productive cooperation with Washington through the special representatives on Afghanistan, both bilaterally and multilaterally.”
He said that Russia try to create a favorable international environment for putting an end to the armed confrontation in Afghanistan and pave the ground for direct talks between Afghans.
Moscow has so far hosted two intra-Afghan dialogues first in November 2018 and second in early February 2019 in a bid to find a political settlement in the Afghan conflict.
The Embassy of Canada in Afghanistan has launched its campaign to commemorate the “16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence”, by lighting up the Embassy with orange lights.
This is the first of a series of initiatives taking place during the 16-day campaign starting on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ending on December 10, International Human Rights Day.
The orange lights capitalize on the campaign theme “Orange the World”, which amplifies the voices of individuals around the world who have survived violence or who strive to defend the rights of survivors.
Indian ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar and acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Idrees Zaman have exchanged instruments of ratification of India-Afghanistan Extradition Treaty to transport criminal offenders between the two countries. “The instrument of ratification of Extradition Treaty between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of India, approved and ratified by the relevant authorities of the two governments, were exchanged by the Acting Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman and the Indian Ambassador to Kabul Mr. Vinay Kumar, today,” the Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
“The said agreement was signed by the authorised representatives of the two countries in New Delhi, India on September 14, 2016,” the Ministry added. The treaty, signed during Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to India in 2016, would provide a legal framework for seeking extradition of terrorists, economic offenders and criminals from and to Afghanistan.
India has extradition treaties with at least 37 countries, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.