US President Donald Trump said Sunday he would sign a peace deal with the Taliban if one were eventually reached in Afghanistan. “Yes,” he told reporters at the White House as he prepared to depart on a trip to India. “I would put my name on it.” His comments came after a partial truce took effect in

23 February 2020

The Afghan government says it is ready to announce the negotiating team for the intra-Afghan negotiations within the next two weeks. The intra-Afghan talks will begin after the signing of the US-Taliban deal, which, according to the US Department of State, will happen on February 29. President Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the authority of the negotiating

23 February 2020

Afghanistan Embassy in Iran on Sunday temporarily suspended consular services amid the coronavirus outbreak. In a notice, the embassy said that considering high number of visitors at consular section of the embassy and to prevent the spread of the killer disease which quickly spreads in gatherings, it cannot deliver consular services until Wednesday. The embassy, however, said

23 February 2020

The Ministry of Public Health has reported three suspected cases of coronavirus in the western province of Herat. The three infected persons are Herat residents who recently returned from Qom city in Iran, the Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar told reporters. Blood samples of the three have been sent to Kabul to be tested, and the

23 February 2020

A convoy of Afghan forces faced a Taliban ambush in southern Kandahar province on Sunday. Deputy spokesman of Kandahar Police Abdul Seyar Khaksar told Reporterly, "The Taliban attacked security forces convoy on Uruzgan-Kandahar highway at around 11:00am on Sunday." There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack which happened amid Reduction in Violence negotiated between

23 February 2020

President Ashraf Ghani, in a new verdict has instructed formation of a high governmental commission to hold the presidential inauguration ceremony. Based on the instruction, a commission has been set up to under the chairmanship of the Independent Directorate of Local Organs and the Head of the Parwan Provincial Council for holding a ceremony in which the new President of Afghanistan is sworn into

23 February 2020

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced that the Kabul Police started the installation of Global Positioning System (GPS) in Police vehicles in a bid to control, counter corruption and misuse of Afghan National Police (ANP) vehicles. Senior deputy of MoI, Abdul Saboor Qaneh visited the center on Saturday where the officials are tracking the ANP vehicles with the help of GPS system in

23 February 2020

The first-ever Afghan transit trade train departed from Karachi on Saturday, transiting a cargo of 35 containers to Chaman and Kandahar. The train service, called Goods in Transit to Afghanistan (GITA), was inaugurated by Pakistan Railways. According to sources, 5-7 GITA service trains are expected to run on a monthly basis. Pakistan Railways initiated GITA to ease traffic

23 February 2020

As China fights the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus, Afghan Ambassador to China Javid Ahmad Qaem voiced Afghanistan's support to the country. This year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Afghanistan. In a wide-ranging interview, Global Times (GT) reporter asked the ambassador about how the two countries' historical friendship facilitates modern interactions, issues relating to the virus

23 February 2020

A week-long "reduction in violence" between the Taliban, the United States and Afghan security forces took effect on Friday, raising hopes for a resolution to the 18-year-long war. “Upon a successful implementation of this understanding, signing of the US-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward. We are preparing for the signing to take place on 29

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