Turkmenistan will be sending COVID-19 diagnostic tests to Afghanistan as part of humanitarian aid. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow signed the decree instructing the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan to prepare sets of real-time polymerase chain reaction (Real-time PCR) systems. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will ensure that the cargo is dispatched and delivered

5 August 2020

A deal has been signed to facilitate and expand the transit and investment cooperation between Iran’s Chabahar Port and Afghanistan’s private sector. Director General of Sistan and Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Organization Behrouz Aghaei said on Wednesday that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed to develop the transit and investment activities of the Afghan private sector in the fields of transporting, attracting

5 August 2020

The Afghan security forces foiled Taliban attacks in Dawlat Abad and Garziwan districts on Tueday and another attack in Qaisar district of Faryab on Wednesday morning, killing or wounding at least 13 militants. The 209th Shaheen Corps said that an attack by the Taliban on checkpoints in Shashpar Village of Dawlat Abad and in the vicinity of the capital of Garziwan district was prevented,

5 August 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said 47 positive cases of Coronavirus were reported across Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, and the tally has now reached 36,829 confirmed cases so far. However, a survey by the ministry showed that 31.5% of the country’s population had contracted the virus, and around 10 million people may be infected.

5 August 2020

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved grants worth $380 million to help Afghanistan cushion the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes the financing of the Dastarkhan-e-Milli programme. According to the World Bank, the financial aid package includes a $280 million grant to fund the COVID-19 Relief Effort for Afghan Communities and Households (REACH) Project. REACH along with a parallel relief effort

5 August 2020

Afghanistan’s exports to Pakistan fell to $121,832 million in July-June 2019-20, showing a negative growth of 28.53% compared to the previous financial year, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said. In July-June 2018-19, Afghan exports were valued at $ 170,478 million. Pakistan’s imports to Afghanistan also decreased by 25.46% during July-June 2019-20 when compared to the corresponding

5 August 2020

Acting Minister of Public Health Ahmad Jawad Osmani said that 10 million people in the country may be infected with Coronavirus according to their survey. The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) shared the findings of their survey on Wednesday that 31.5% of the country's population had contracted Coronavirus. They divided the 34 provinces into nine zones, with

5 August 2020

A doctor from the southern Indian state of Kerala, and on the country’s “most wanted” list, was among the three Indian nationals who were part of the 11 member IS-K team that stormed Nangarhar Prison in Jalalabad on Sunday. According to the media arm of IS-K, Dr. Ijas Kallukettiya Purayil, was seen in the photo, face visible, standing before a black IS-K flag and

5 August 2020

Iranian Energy Ministry said their electricity exports to Afghanistan have resumed after the problem with the transmission lines was solved. Spokesman for the Ministry Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi said that their service to Afghanistan had stopped on Monday after the transmission lines were destroyed by a bullet in Herat’s Kohsan district in Afghan territory. “Now the network linking

5 August 2020

The Presidential Palace (Arg) and the House of Representatives have published different narratives of their meeting with President Ashraf Ghani regarding the Peace Consultative Loya Jirga on Tuesday. At the meeting, Ghani briefed the parliamentarians on the need to convene a Peace Consultative Loya Jirga to determine the fate of 400 Taliban prisoners with the aim of starting the intra-Afghan talks, Arg said. According to

5 August 2020