The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR) said that over 60,000 Afghan refugees from Iran have returned voluntarily or compulsorily in the past month. In a press release on Saturday, the MoRR said that at least 63,519 Afghan refugees had returned, of which 41,974 people entered from the Islam Qala border in Herat and 21,545 people from the Zaranj-Milak border in Nimroz.

15 August 2020

The preliminary Intra-Afghan talks that were expected to start from Sunday have been postponed indefinitely, a member of the government’s negotiating team told media on Saturday. Abdul Hafiz Mansoor told local media that the talks have been postponed due to Taliban’s refusal to follow the Afghan government’s list for prisoner exchange. The Taliban had said in July

15 August 2020

The Herat Department of Public Health said that due to a 50% reduction in the number of patients seeking treatment for COVID-19, the 300-bed Ghoriani hospital dedicated to Coronavirus has been closed in the province. The hospital, which was converted from a hotel owned by businessman Basir Ahmad Ghoriani, saw a reduction in the number of patients seeking their services and it was closed

15 August 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that 45 of the 105 samples they tested in the past 24 hours, was positive for Coronavirus. With this, Afghanistan’s COVID-19 tally has reached 37,551 cases so far. New cases were reported in the provinces of Herat (35), Ghor (8), Badghis (1) and Balkh (1). A death due to the

15 August 2020

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said they had taken note of the developments in Afghanistan regarding the release of 400 Taliban prisoners and support the intra-Afghan negotiations. "We have taken note of the development. India supports peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. We also support the intra-Afghan negotiations," said MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava, during

15 August 2020

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) conducted military exercises in Goshta district of Nangarhar near the Durand Line on Friday, in the presence of General Yasin Zia, the Chief of General Staff of the Afghan Armed Forces. The MoD said the ground forces, commandos, strike forces, border guards and the Afghan Air Force were involved in

15 August 2020

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) reached a staff-level agreement with Afghan authorities on an economic reform programme to be supported by a new three-and-half year US$364 million Extended Credit Facility (ECF). “The new ECF arrangement will support authorities’ reform program to maintain macroeconomic stability and lay the ground for a sustained post-pandemic economic recovery while continuing to advance structural reforms,” said IMF’s mission head

15 August 2020

Nimroz province signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan province for removing trade problems at the Milak-Zaranj border crossing. Abdolnabi Barahoie, deputy governor of Nimroz, thanked Iran for working on their border problems and solving them. Deputy Governor of Sistan and Baluchestan province for economic affairs Mandana Zanganeh pointed to good cross-border ties

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