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Afghanistan’s ambassador to Qatar, Abdul Hakim Dalili, has said that the diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Qatar began in 1972, noting that the Afghan embassy was opened in Doha in 2003, while Qatar’s embassy opened in 2019, making it the third Arab country to have an effective diplomatic presence in Afghanistan.
He added that the relations between the two countries witnessed a remarkable development, as Qatar participated in the international efforts to rebuild Afghanistan.
In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the occasion of Qatar’s National Day, the Afghan ambassador said he considered this day the starting point of consolidating the pillars of modern state, adding that Qataris united around the State’s Founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed bin Thani for his piety, courage, wisdom and sophistication necessary for leadership, in addition to loyalty to his people and keenness to preserve the unity of Qatar and its interests in the most difficult times the region witnessed.
The ambassador pointed out that in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Qatar has been able from the first moment to track new Covid-19 cases, isolate the infected people according to the standards set by the international health organizations, and take rapid steps to treat patients, adding that Qatar has taken strict measures to reduce the outbreak, and in record time, all medical and health supplies were prepared thanks to the developed health sector, strong infrastructure, and the necessary proactive measures to confront the pandemic.
Afghanistan has produced over 2500 tons of persimmon this year, according to the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock.
Persimmon is mainly grown in eastern provinces of Afghanistan: Nangarhar, Kunar, and Laghman.
According to the ministry officials, persimmon orchards have been established on 600 acres of lands in Nangarhar province.
“Presently, 24 varieties of persimmon are produced in Nangarhar, and every year the cultivation of persimmon increases in the province,” said head of Nangarhar’s agriculture department Enamullah Safi to Voice of America.
While persimmon is not a new fruit in Afghanistan, its planting and gardening methods have become more mechanized than in the past, and more gardeners have started to grow this fruit.
The U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe, in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has announced the launch of a new project to reconstruct and modernize the Chaldovar border post in Shahrituz district on the Tajik-Afghan border.
This project, funded through the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), will involve the reconstruction of a border outpost facility at Chaldovar in Khatlon Province over the course of the next 12 months at a cost of $995,000.
The U.S. Embassy coordinated the Chaldovar border outpost project with the Border Guard Forces under the State Committee of National Security of the Republic of Tajikistan.
Following completion of the project, the Chaldovar border outpost will be able to accommodate 40 border guards, including space for technical equipment and professional training, in a modern, fully furnished facility that will enhance Tajikistan’s border security and counter-narcotics capabilities.
The U.S. Embassy has previously partnered with UNODC on countering narcotics trafficking in Tajikistan through several border outpost reconstruction projects, construction of a Border Liaison Office in Ishkoshim, trainings for employees of the Drug Control Agency, and a range of other projects.
While addressing the media in the national capital, India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar briefed on talks with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and reviewed middle east including Afghanistan situation.
“The focus has been on how to take our ties to a higher level. We focused on 5 broad themes- connecting people, trade and prosperity, defence and security, climate change and health,” he said.
Jaishankar further added, “We reviewed the situation in Afghanistan, the evolution of the Indo-Pacific and developments in the middle-east were among the subjects discussed. Challenges posed by terrorism and radicalism were a shared concern”.