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Abu Dhabi has hosted the first virtual meeting of the UAE-Afghanistan Political Consultations Committee.
Co-chaired by Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, UAE Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Political Affairs, and Meerwais Nab, Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan for Political Affairs, the consultations reviewed the two countries’ experience in combating COVID-19, the UAE’s humanitarian efforts in this regard, its assistance to affected countries, and the importance of international solidarity and international cooperation in curbing the pandemic.
The two sides discussed the development of relations and cooperation. They also addressed current regional and international developments and the two sides’ positions.
The parties also discussed the latest developments in the Afghan peace talks, in addition to regional and international issues of common interest, in a way that contributes to conveying converging views to the international community.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says the mastermind behind Sunday’s terrorist attack against Afghan security forces has been killed during an operation carried out by Afghan forces.
MoD in a statement said that Hamza Waziristani, the mastermind of Ghazni blast was killed along with at least seven of his comrades in Giro district of the province.
“Hamza Waziristani, the mastermind behind yesterday’s terrorist attack on the ANDSF base in Dah-Yak Dist., Ghazni Prov., was killed along with 7 other terrorists in an airstrike in Giro district, last night,” said the MoD in a tweet.
Officials did not provide further details but said forces have wrecked “a large amount of their weapons and ammunition” during the operation.
The Lower House of Parliament on Monday approved candidates for six ministries and the chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), denying position for nominees of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Ministry of Information and Culture.
244 out of 248 lawmakers were present in today’s session at Parliament as they cast their votes for candidates. Each candidates needed 123 votes to be approved.
Ahmad Zia Saraj was approved as head of the National Directorate of Security with 220 votes in favor, Haroon Chakhansuri as minister of Mines and Petroleum with 154 votes in favor, Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi as minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock with 189 votes in favor, and Noor Rahman Akhlaqi as minister of Refugees and Repatriation with 165 votes in favor.
Meanwhile, Qudratullah Zaki as minister of Transport and Civil Aviation with 165 votes in favor, Mahmud Karzai as minister of Urban Development and Housing with 154 votes in favor, and Najibullah Yamin as Minister of Public Works with 149 votes in favor.
While, Tahir Zuhair, the nominee for the Ministry of Information and Culture, was denied confirmation having received only 78 votes in favor; and Hasina Safi, nominee for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, came up short with 119 votes and thus was not approved by the Afghan parliament.
The parliament speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani has asked President Ghani to introduce two new nominees for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and of Information and Culture, respectively.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Monday reported 283 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 1300 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported 16 deaths and 57 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The total reported deaths from COVID-19 is 1,779 and the total number of recoveries is 36,731.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Kandahar, Balkh, Takhar, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Baghlan, Parwan, Farah, Nimroz, Helmand, Panjshir, Zabul, Uruzgan, Paktia, Paktika, Daikundi provinces.
According to the local officials in Badghis province, Abdul Basir Nuristani, head of the ANA’s 3rd infantry brigade in Badghis, was killed in Bala Murghab district of the province on Sunday night in a “Taliban mortar attack.”
“a mortar landed in the army compound and 11 other soldiers were also wounded, and some of them are in critical condition” the officials said.
The Taliban has not yet commented on the attack.
The bombing attack in eastern city of Ghazni on Sunday, with dozens of casualties, has demonstrated the urgent need for a ceasefire, Afghan State Minister for Peace Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, who is also a government negotiator at peace talks with the Taliban, said.
“Regrettably, dozens of heroic AFG soldiers & innocent citizens were killed in a bloody incident in Ghazni province this morning by the enemies of peace & stability. Such shocking & inhumane incidents increasingly demonstrate the need for comprehensive & immediate ceasefire,” Naderi said on Twitter.
The official offered condolences to the families of victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
An explosives-laden car detonated near a military base in Ghazni’s Third District. The latest toll of casualties, includes 30 people killed and 24 others injured, including civilians.