Sir Nicholas Kay KCMG has been appointed as NATO’s next Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) in Afghanistan, as confirmed by a press release by the British embassy in Kabul. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the appointment at a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting on 5 December 2018. Sir Nicholas will take up his appointment in March 2019.

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A delegation from Yemen's Saudi-backed government has left for Sweden on Wednesday to attend the peace talks with members of the Iran-aligned Houthi group, in a renewed U.N. impetus to end the war. A representative of the internationally recognised government, Abdullah al-Alimi, tweeted that the talks were "a true opportunity for peace," before his team flew out of the Saudi capital Riyadh. Saudi Arabia and

5 December 2018

Mohammad Faisal Amin, the Ministry of Higher Education spokesperson announced on Wednesday in a press conference that the ministry has recently included a curriculum of 165 educational fields of study in the curriculum development plan. Within this, law and agriculture will be reviewed while 65 other clusters are to be revised by the end of the year, he said. Amin also added that the

5 December 2018

The Presidential palace released a statement informing that President Ghani met with the Spanish Defense Minister María Margarita Robles Fernández on Wednesday. According to the statement, the two discussed development of relations, fighting against terrorism, peace process and reforms in security organisation.

5 December 2018

The ministry of Defense has released a statement informing that due to ANA airstrikes and clearing operations in Gelan, Nawa and Khogyani districts of Ghazni province, 72 insurgents were killed. Additionally, 25 insurgents were killed in Jaghuri district of Ghazni as a result of ANA commandos’ clearing operations. Included in these 72 were 40 Pakistani insurgents

5 December 2018

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani claimed on Tuesday that United States has made 11 attempts to begin negotiations with Iran in the last two years, which were all rejected by Tehran, “Last year America requested negotiations eight times directly and this year three times indirectly which we did not accept on the basis of the dignity of the people.”

5 December 2018

The Presidential Palace released a statement on Monday informing that as President Ghani and Afghan government observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the President has expressed that violence against women is a crime, and will not be tolerated at any level. “While growing up in pre-war Afghanistan, violence against women was

5 December 2018

The Iranian Ambassador to Kabul, Mohammad Reza Bahrami on Tuesday said that bringing peace in Afghanistan by using military force is not possible. He said that it is crucial that Afghans themselves lead the peace process. This comes after several US commanders and leaders have admitted that the war in Afghanistan cannot be won militarily.

5 December 2018