Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Haneef Atmar met Deborah Lyons, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), on Sunday. They deliberated on the latest developments of the Afghan peace process, and exchanged views on the release of prisoners by the government and the Taliban to facilitate the urgent start of the intra-Afghan talks. The importance

26 July 2020

Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab met the new German ambassador to Afghanistan Axel Zeidler on Sunday. Nab congratulated Zeidler on his appointment and wished him success. He also thanked Germany for its assistance and cooperation to Afghanistan in various fields. “We look forward to working closely together on many areas of strategic importance, including the peace process.

26 July 2020

Afghanistan has written to the UN Security council (UNSC) over continued violations of its territory by Pakistani military, said Afghanistan's Permanent Representative to the UN Adela Raz. Raz wrote to the President of the Security Council, Germany, to report on the violations of the Afghan territory on July 15, when Pakistani military forces began unprovoked artillery attacks against Afghan border posts and civilians in

26 July 2020

President Ashraf Ghani visited the construction site of the Kamal Khan Dam during his visit to Nimroz province on Sunday. Ghani's spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi tweeted that Ghani was welcomed by the people when he arrived at Zaranj, the provincial capital, as the head of the high-level delegation. Sediqqi said that according to provincial officials, 80% of the construction work of Kamal Khan Dam had been

26 July 2020

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid denied the UN’s latest monitoring report which said thousands of foreign fighters are in Afghanistan, and called the statements “false” on Sunday. He restated that the Taliban is committed to the deal signed with the U.S., and will “not allow anyone to pose a threat to the security of America and its allies from our land, or operate training camps,

26 July 2020

The Iranian embassy in Kabul rejected the statement made by the U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, and said they fully support the peace talks and respects the national sovereignty and the Afghan government. The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Khalilzad, had said that Iran had “not been as supportive” about the intra-Afghan negotiations, and attributed it to strained ties between the U.S. and Iran,

26 July 2020

Afghanistan saw an increase in Coronavirus cases as the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) found 121 samples positive from the 741 they tested in the past 24 hours. The total number of cases in the country is now 36,157, with 9,718 cases active. New cases were reported in the provinces of Khost (30), Herat (25), Ghor (20),

26 July 2020

The Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) announced that 2,000 private media outlets and organisations have not renewed their licenses due to tax evasion. Tahir Zaheer, acting head of the Ministry, warned these organisations on Saturday, that they will face legal action if the licenses are not renewed. In a meeting on identifying their sources of income, the MoIC heads presented ideas and suggestions for

26 July 2020

The Afghan embassy in Saudi Arabia said that Riyadh would be building 600 schools in Afghanistan, instead of the 100 they had announced earlier. According to the embassy, Afghanistan's proposal to build more schools was made at a meeting held on Saturday, between officials from the embassy, the ministries of finance and rural development, and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD). Afghan Ambassador Ahmad Jawid

26 July 2020

Uruzgan officials said a Taliban member killed four People’s Uprising Forces at a checkpoint in the provincial capital of Tarin Kot on early Sunday morning. Zargi Ebadi, spokesperson for the governor of Uruzgan, said that the incident took place at 4 am on Sunday, north of Tarin Kot. A security forces base is in the Chenarak area and Uprising Forces have been deployed to

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