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The Governor-General of Razavi Khorasan Province of Iran and the Chairman of the Provincial Council of the Herat Provinces of Afghanistan have agreed to enhance mutual ties between the two provinces.
During a meeting held in Mashhad yesterday, Mohammed Sadegh Motamedian, the Governor-General of of Razavi Khorasan hoped to increase bilateral trade between these border provinces of the two countries, citing the old shared historical, cultural, and religious similarities between Afghanistan and Iran.
Motamedian said that Iran and the Afghan government’s policies regarding bilateral trade and economic cooperation are also similar. He added that the launch of Khaf-Herat railway will lead to increase in trade activities between the two countries.
Kamran Alizai, chairman of the Provincial Council of Herat Provinces, who was present on the occasion, also shared the linguistic, cultural and religious similarities of the two countries.
Alizai also spoke of expanding ties between the two countries in all areas, especially between border provinces. Recently, there was a discussion between Tehran and Kabul to create a Common Economic Commission and to open the Khaf-Herat railway route.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has confirmed that several rockets were landed in the capital Kabul this morning at around 08:50am.
There were no immediate reports of any casualties but the rockets landed in densely populated parts of the Afghan capital including near the centrally located Green Zone and at a neighbourhood in the north.
Alarms could be heard blaring at embassies and businesses in and around the Green Zone.
Unverified photos circulating on social media showed what appeared to be holes from rockets punched into at least two separate buildings.
Officials did not immediately comment but the interior ministry said two small “sticky bomb” explosions had been reported earlier Saturday morning, including one that hit a police car, killing one policeman and wounding three others.
Amid American troops’ drawdown talks, US secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be meeting negotiators from the Taliban and Afghan government separately in the Gulf state of Qatar. He will also be engaging with ruler, Emir Shiekh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in Doha.
On his seven-nation tour to Europe and the Middle East, the outgoing US State Secretary is seemingly speeding up the forces’ withdrawal process announced by US President Donald Trump in February this year following the deal signed between Washington and the Taliban.
The maiden talks between the Taliban and Afghan government kicked off in September in Doha, but faltered over disagreements on common language and religious interpretations. The two have, however, managed to reach consensus on some grounds.
Kabul Police say that at least one security personnel was killed and three others were wounded in two security incidents in Kabul on Saturday.
“At around 07:15am a ranger type vehicle was targeted with a magnetic bomb blast in Arzan Qemat area of PD12 in Kabul which one security force was killed and three more were wounded,” Ferdaws Faramarz told Reporterly.
Faramarz added that in another incident, a Ford type vehicle was targeted by a magnetic bomb blast in Chehelsoton area of PD7 this morning which had no casualties.