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As Muharram mourning approaches, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is urging people not to hold large rallies during the Muharram to prevent the spread of the Corona virus.
Ahmad Javad Osmani, the Acting Minister of Health, in a press conference today, Thursday called on the people to stop gathering in closed places and not to hold large gatherings.
Osmani said that the mourners of Ashura should consider the health recommendations of the Ministry of Health, and stressed that the Committee for Combating the Corona Virus is preparing the health guidelines for the Muharram mourning, and these guidelines will be made available to the people soon.
The Acting Minister of Health continued that there are currently 9,000 active cases of coronavirus in Afghanistan and the further spread of this virus should be prevented.
Pointing to the lack of attention of young people to the coronavirus, Osmani stressed that the young people should not be mistaken in thinking that they will not be infected with the corona virus. The ministry’s survey showed that 43% of those infected were between the ages of 20 and 39.
The Acting Minister of Education , Ranginah Ahmadi says that even if one student becomes infected with the corona virus, there is a possibility that the decision to reopen the schools will be reconsidered.
Ms. Hamidi said in a joint press conference with the Acting Minister of Public Health on Thursday that because the 11th and 12th grade students can get to their classes with the little time possible, the public schools have been allowed to start classes.
According to Ahmadi if students do not become infected with the coronavirus within a month of the start of classes, the attendance in other classes will gradually begin, and if a student becomes infected with the coronavirus, there is a possibility that the Ministry of Education will reconsider its decision.
The Acting Minister of Education pointed out that a monitoring team will be formed to monitor schools, especially private schools, which are allowed to start in-person classes from the first to the 12th grade, to monitor how health recommendations are observed.
Hamidi said that the use of masks is a fundamental condition for attending classes and asked families to prepare masks for students.
The Acting Minister of Education, referring to the citizens’ criticism of the reopening of the first to twelfth grades in private schools and the reopening of only two grades in public schools, said that due to the crowded environment in public schools, and other challenges in the districts It is not possible to follow the health recommendations.
Following Taliban’s recent allegation over the security threats against its prisoners, the Afghan government has said that it has taken serious steps to ensure the safety of the group’s prisoners.
“The latest allegations by the Taliban about how to secure the Taliban detainees are baseless,” a presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said in a tweet on Thursday. Sediqqi added that the Afghan government has already taken action in this regard.
He called on the Taliban to refrain from making such allegations.
The Taliban group said in a statement on late Wednesday that there is a security risk to the group’s prisoners release from Pul-e-Charkhi prison, based on intelligence information provided to them.
The group also warned that attacks on prisoners of the group would disrupt the intra-Afghan negotiations.
The remarks come as the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners began after the US-Taliban peace agreement was signed in Doha, Qatar last year, and the process continues despite the challenges.
Earlier, the Peace Consultative Loya Jirga, which was set up to decide to release the remaining 400 dangerous Taliban prisoners, also supported the process and confirmed the release of these Taliban prisoners for the start intra-Afghan talks.
Humanitarian aid in the form of medical equipment kits for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic was sent to Afghanistan from Turkmenistan on Wednesday, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
As per the Trend News Agency, the humanitarian aid was sent according to order of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov that obligates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan to donate sets of a real-time polymerase chain reaction (Real-time PCR) systems to Afghanistan.
As reported, the Turkmen presidential decree on sending humanitarian aid to Afghanistan was signed in early August.
The Turkish foreign minister hosted Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, former Afghan vice president in the capital Ankara on Wednesday.
“Had a fruitful meeting w/former Vice President of #Afghanistan Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum. Will continue to stand by our Afghan brothers and sisters during the peace and reconciliation process,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter.
The two discussed Turkey’s role in international efforts to achieve peace in Afghanistan, the Turkish diplomatic sources said.
Turkey is ready to contribute to the peace and reconciliation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban, which he sees as a historic opportunity to end the conflict that has been going on for more than 40 years in Afghanistan, Cavusoglu said, adding his country is also ready to host a next round of peace talks which are expected to be held in Doha first.
The first meeting of the Sub-Committee of Uzbekistan – United States – Afghanistan Trilateral Cooperation has taken place via videoconference, Uzbekistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reported.
According to the Uzbekistan National News Agency, the event was attended by Co-chairs of the Sub-Committee, Deputy Chairman of the State Security Service of Uzbekistan Salimjon Khusanov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Furkat Sidikov, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Afghanistan in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Nancy Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia Thomas D. Croci, Deputy National Security Advisor to the President of Afghanistan Salem Shah Ibrahimi, Deputy Minister of National Defense of Afghanistan for Policy and Strategy Abdul Hai Rauf, representatives of involved ministries and agencies of the three countries.
The parties exchanged views on the current epidemiological situation and discussed the impact of coronavirus infection on regional and global security. The statement says that the need for uniting efforts to prevent the consequences of COVID-19 was noted.
in the meeting, the importance of expanding cooperation in border protection and information exchange between relevant agencies of the parties to improve the effectiveness of the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism was also emphasized.
the statement says that the three countries participants discussed widely the current aspects of cooperation on the agenda “Women, peace and security”. Mechanisms for strengthening relations in ensuring the rights and interests of women and girls, solving the problems of violence against them and access to qualitative education were also discussed.