United States, Europe, and other defenders of the free world need to establish military leverage in order to create the conditions for peaceful political solutions to violence in Afghanistan, argued United Nations diplomat Staffan de Mistura in the most recent episode of Hoover’s Battlegrounds series. De Mistura has served on twenty-one missions in his over forty years in diplomatic service to the United Nations; He discussed his work

9 January 2021

As a member of the UN Security Council, Norway will chair the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Sanctions Committee,  the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee and will also be penholder for the situation in Afghanistan, the Norwegian government has said in a press release. "These are challenging and demanding tasks that Norway is prepared to take on. It is a vote of

9 January 2021

Indian embassy here on Thursday announced the completion of a high-impact development project on increasing the economic opportunity for Afghan women through handicrafts in Ghor province. In November last year, India had announced a new phase of over 100 high-impact community projects in Afghanistan worth USD 80 million. "@IndianEmbKabul announces successful completion of a "High Impact Community

9 January 2021

The Afghan National Security Council (NSC) has issued a statement condemning the killing of miners, including seven Afghan nationals, in Pakistan's Balochistan region. According to the statement, Afghan government will pursue the case of seven of its citizens who were killed in the incident through diplomatic channels. NSC announced on Saturday, that the Afghan government wants to conduct a comprehensive investigation and bring the perpetrators

9 January 2021

The leadership committee of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) in their fourth meeting on Saturday approved the guideline for the ongoing peace negotiations between the Afghan Republic team and the Taliban. HCNR office in a statement said that the leadership discussed the peace process, the start of the second round of the talks and reiterated their full support to the Afghan negotiating team. According to

9 January 2021

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Saturday reported 84 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 1,003 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported 12 deaths and 300 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of total cases is now 53,462 the number of total reported deaths is

9 January 2021

Afghanistan is conducting negotiations with Tajikistan on increasing the electricity supply, Avesta news agency has reported. Afghan state-owned utility company Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) has applied to the Tajik authorities asking to increase the power supply to Afghanistan from 80 megawatts (MW) to 120 MW. DABS says similar negotiations on increasing the power supply are being conducted with Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan as well.

9 January 2021

As the talks on setting the agenda for the intra-Afghan talks begin in Doha, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced that it has launched a campaign to gain international support for the success of the peace process, the ongoing negotiations and the fulfillment of the Afghan people's demands. Foreign Ministry spokesman Gran Hewad said in a video message today (Saturday) that Foreign Minister

9 January 2021

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced that three perpetrators of the assassination of Yusuf Rashid, the head of Free and Fair Elections of Afghanistan (FEFA), have been arrested. "Three people have been arrested in connection with the assassination of FEFA head, Yousef Rashid," Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said on Saturday. In the meantime, Amrullah Saleh, the first Vice President, said in today's morning

9 January 2021

Seven of the 10 coalminers who were killed in Balochistan’s Machh belonged to Afghanistan’s Daikundi province, the Afghan consulate in Quetta said Friday. The Afghan coalminers were identified as Chaman Ali, Aziz, Naseem, Abdullah, Sher Muhammad, Hassan Jan and Anwar Ali. Four of them belonged to Shahristan district while the others hailed from Miramor, the Afghan consulate said in its letter to Pakistani authorities. At

9 January 2021