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Afghanistan, Uzbekistan Sign 20 Documents, 40 Contracts

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(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

President Ashraf Ghani and his Uzbek counterpart,  Shavkat Mirziyoyev, signed 20 bilateral cooperation documents and 40 contracts in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, on Tuesday.

The signed agreements which worth more than $500 million aimed at further strengthening of cooperation in political, trade-economic, investment, transport-communication, scientific, education and other spheres.

The documents also included deals on a new power line from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan and Tashkent’s involvement in construction of a new railway line connecting the Afghan cities of Herat and Mazar-e Sharif.

“Today we signed agreements that create the legal and proper framework of state to state cooperation on our key desires and wishes,” Ghani said. “My proposal is that 2018 is going to be the year of delivery, the year of implementation in the relentless pursuit of translating our goals into deliverable.”

The Uzbek leader Mirziyoyev said that they have reviewed typical issues of cooperation and have exchanges views on the regional and international issues, particularly, combating terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and strengthening the security in Central Asia.

He added that Uzbekistan supports all construction initiatives aimed at establishing peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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Attempt to smuggle weapons from Afghanistan foiled

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(Last Updated On: December 8, 2022)

Customs authorities at Torkham border foiled an attempt to smuggle arms and ammunition from Afghanistan into Pakistan, officials said on Wednesday.

An official who displayed the weapons said that action was taken after they received a tip-off and stopped a loaded truck with registration No. E-3657 as it crossed the border. He said the truck was loaded with pomegranates being exported from Afghanistan.

The customs chief said the collector appraisement official for Peshawar, Amjadur Rehman and his team searched the truck and recovered 16 US-made automatic firearms and ammunition. The arms were concealed in hidden cavities in the truck.

Muhammad Salim said that the driver of the truck fled from the scene. However, they launched an investigation. He said the seized arms are banned in Pakistan and could be used in terrorism related incidents.

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Nearly 900,000 children in Afghanistan suffer from excessive weight loss

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(Last Updated On: December 7, 2022)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced that it urgently needs help to treat children and deal with the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, UNICEF announced that about 875,000 children in Afghanistan suffer from excessive weight loss. The children’s charity says it needs help to treat children and prevent further malnutrition in 2023.

On the other hand, UNICEF announced on Tuesday through a humanitarian appeal that children are facing a historic confluence of crises around the world.

The agency has requested $10.3 billion for 2023 to address the plight of 110 million children worldwide.

Recently, the United Nations announced that 97 percent of the Afghan population lives below the poverty line.

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IEA defense minister meets Dubai ruler, US envoy

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(Last Updated On: December 7, 2022)

Acting Defense Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Mawlavi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, met with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai on Tuesday.

Mujahid also met with Afghan businessmen based in the UAE, the ministry said in a statement.

In his meeting with the Dubai ruler, both sides discussed the strengthening of ties between Afghanistan and the UAE and the facilitation of business services for businessmen and other important issues, said the statement.

In addition, Mujahid met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Tomas West in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

According to a statement, both sides discussed the current situation in Afghanistan.

Mujahid assured the US Special Representative that all the borders are secure in Afghanistan, saying that there is no threat from Afghan territory to the countries of the region and the world.

Afghan soil has never been used against any other country and never will be used, said Mujahid

He also told West that the world should respect the territorial integrity of Afghanistan.

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