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Afghan HPC Ready for Peace Talks Through Taliban Preferred Mechanism

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(Last Updated On: December 6, 2017)

The High Peace Council of Afghanistan (HPC) said today that the council is ready for peace talks with the Taliban through any preferred mechanism by the militant group.

Karim Khalili, the Chairman of HPC who was talking in a conference with reporters in Kabul further added that wherever the Taliban prefer, they will provide the means and office for peace talks.

He also said that there is much difference between the Taliban and Islamic State or Daesh.

“The Taliban is a different group from Daesh. Our main goal or target is the Taliban in peace process. If we think Taliban and Daesh alike, that is wrong,” said Karim Khalili, the HPC Chairman today, December 06 at a press conference in Kabul.

He said that Islamic State is not on the agenda of peace process and the group just desires to be eliminated from Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Karim Khapalwak, the Secretariat Chief of HPC said that the council is ready to negotiate with the Taliban based on the demands of Afghan people.

“We call on the Taliban that we are ready for reconciliation through any mechanisms you prefer. But when you don’t accept peace, then the people of Afghanistan will decide about it,” noted Mr. Khapalwak.

The current HPC Chairman further criticized the previous efforts of the council and claimed that it has adopted new strategies to provide circumstances for the peace talks.

Afghanistan High Peace council officials also reiterated that Pakistan is the only country in the region which is not willing to support Afghan peace process and that HPC delegations have already kicked of its efforts during the recent visit from Indonesia to attract the supports of Islamic scholars for Afghan Peace process.

As stated Mr. Khalili, a delegation of Indonesian Islamic Scholars will soon visit Afghanistan and announce their supports from Afghan peace process.

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Turkish Airlines to resume Afghanistan flights

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(Last Updated On: October 2, 2022)

Turkish Airlines will resume flights to Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan in March next year, it was reported this week.

Turkish Airlines operated from Istanbul to Kabul for more than a decade. Since the political change in Afghanistan in August last year, Turkish Airlines like many other foreign airlines have conducted no flights to Afghanistan.

But Turkish Airlines will return soon. Its first bookable flight to Kabul is on March 27th. However, its first bookable service from Kabul is on the 26th, aviation industry publication Simple Flying reported.

Like Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif is returning. Both outbound and inbound flights will be on March 29th.

Afghanistan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation also said the country’s airports are ready for flights, and the services at the airports are according to international standards.

Imamuddin Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, said that Fly Dubai is also expected to resume flights to Afghanistan.

Economic experts say international flights will help trade to grow and increase revenues.

IEA announced earlier this month that they signed a contract with Abu Dhabi-based firm GAAC Solutions to provide flight services and manage planes landing and taking off at key airports in Afghanistan.

The flight guidance services deal will also include equipping the facilities and training of Afghan staff at the country’s three major airports, including Kabul.

The two other airports covered under the deal are in Herat and Kandahar.

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Door of negotiations is open to all countries including US: IEA

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(Last Updated On: October 2, 2022)

The Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Mawlavi Abdul Kabir says the door of negotiations and understanding is open to all countries, including the United States.

Speaking in a meeting Sunday with a number of academic and scientific figures of the country, Abdul Kabir said that talks are open to all countries around the world, including the US.

The sharing of consultations from scientific personalities to improve the system is said to be one of the main goals of this meeting.

Abdul Kabir has also added that they have started consultations inside the country to bring reforms in the government body, and the leadership of the Islamic Emirate is aware of the sensitivities in the country.

In this meeting however a number of scientific figures of the country have called the constitution, national understanding and national and international belief in the government the most important necessity of the time.

The reopening of girls’ schools is one of the other suggestions of this board, which was emphasized in this meeting.

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IEA urges the world to lift sanctions on new govt of Afghanistan

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The Islamic Emirate once again urges the international community to lift sanctions on the new government of Afghanistan and also to remove the travel restrictions of the IEA officials.

According to IEA officials, the continuation of these sanctions on the new government of Afghanistan will increase the distance between the Islamic Emirate and the international community.

“The continuation of global pressure and sanctions on the new government of Afghanistan will increase the distance between the Islamic Emirate and the international community,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the IEA.

It has been more than a month since the travel exemption of 13 senior officials of the Islamic Emirate has ended and these officials cannot travel outside of Afghanistan.

The international community has always made the issue of imposing sanctions on the Islamic Emirate conditional on the establishment of a comprehensive government, the provision of human rights, especially the rights of women and girls, and the removal of terrorist threats from Afghanistan, emphasizing that it would not recognize the new government of Afghanistan until these conditions are fulfilled.

However, the Islamic Emirate has repeatedly emphasized that it has completed all the conditions of a legitimate government.

Although the UN Security Council held a meeting twice regarding the extension or rejection of travel exemptions for officials of the Islamic Emirate, but due to differences of opinion among the members of this council, both meetings ended without results.

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