China has appointed Liu Jian as the new special envoy for Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Wednesday. “Special Envoy Liu is a senior diplomat who has served as China’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Malaysia, Pakistan and other countries”, he said during his regular briefing. The spokesperson said that Liu Jian was an experienced and

22 January 2020

The State Minister for Human Rights Sima Samar says the majority of Afghan people demand peace in the country, but there are some circles that find their interests in continuation of war. Sima Samar in a press conference in Kabul on Wednesday said, “Peace does not mean ending war, but living in the shadow of social justice, where human rights are respected and there

22 January 2020

Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has met with US Chargé D’Affaires Ross Wilson and discussed on Afghanistan Presidential election and the peace process. The Executive Office in a statement on Wednesday said that CE Abdullah has congratulated Mr. Wilson for his new position and wished him success in fulfilling his responsibilities. “During the meeting, the two sides

22 January 2020

The Illinois army National Guard received notice that approximately 400 soldiers with the 2nd battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment Headquarter in Marion will deploy for a tour in Afghanistan, ST. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The “citizen soldiers” are part of the Illinois Army National Guard, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, which is headquartered in Marion, and has four

22 January 2020

Afghanistan’s economy grew by an estimated 2.9 percent in 2019, driven mainly by strong agricultural growth following recovery from drought, but lingering political uncertainty dampens private confidence and investment, says the World Bank. “Growth picked up in Afghanistan in 2019. This is good news, but insecurity and political uncertainty are holding back the Afghan economy,” said World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan Henry Kerali.

22 January 2020

A number of youths and civil society activists staged a protest under the title of “Route and Enlightenment” in Ghor province on Wednesday, local officials said. The spokesman of Ghor governor, Abdul Hai Khatibi told Reporterly, “The protesters staged a demonstration in Firoz Koh city, the center of Ghor province and closed all government offices.” According to Khatibi, the protesters demand the construction of roads

22 January 2020

Forty Taliban insurgents have surrendered to Afghan National Army in the western province of Ghor amid military pressure in the mountainous region, Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed on Wednesday. “About 40 Taliban militants laid down arms and gave up fighting in Shahrak district of western Ghor province on Tuesday,” the ministry said in a statement. The

22 January 2020

Afghanistan purchased 14,000 tons for $7.5 million from Kazakhstan from January to November 2019, says a media report. AKI Press reported the central Asian country earned $21.6 million from petroleum exports during the 11-month period. Kazakhstan exported 42,700 tonnes of gasoline — up from 15,400 tonnes worth $7.4 million in 2018.

22 January 2020

Afghan Lawmakers at the Lower House of Parliament on Wednesday approved the new fiscal year's (1399 solar year) budget. Of the total amount of the budget or 428 billion AFN, some 289 billion AFN will be allocated for ordinary budget, while 139 billion AFN for development budget. Based on the 1399 budget plan, of the 139 billion

22 January 2020

A Resoulute Support drone strike in western Afghanistan earlier this month killed and injured 15 civilians, including three women and three children, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said in a report. The incident was “a clear violation of human rights,” the commission said in a statement. “The commission has repeatedly called on domestic and foreign forces to be more careful in conducting military operations

22 January 2020