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AWCC, Afghan Post sign cooperation agreement

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(Last Updated On: February 27, 2022)

The Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) and Afghan Post signed a memorandum of understanding on Sunday to bolster cooperation.

In a ceremony to sign the MOU, the parties emphasized the importance of expanding relations as well as the need for facilities in the fields of communication, internet and postal services.

According to the agreement, people can now get AWCC SIM cards from Afghan Post offices, the same way they get SIM cards from AWCC’s branches.

There are 360 post offices across Afghanistan, including 26 in Kabul.

“We signed an MOU with AWCC that has two dimensions – firstly it provides facilities for citizens, secondly it enables us to deliver SIM cards to people in districts through Afghan Post,” said Mawlavi Rahmatullah Makai, head of Afghan Post.

AWCC officials also stressed the need for services through fiber optics technology. They said that the MOU would also provide more job opportunities.

“We have invested heavily in the fiber optics, which would provide job opportunities and allow people in every corner of Afghanistan to avail themselves of AWCC services,” said Aliullah Sarwari, head of AWCC.

AWCC officials said they were committed to improving internet quality and reducing internet prices.

“We will pay serious attention to improving services, quality and prices through every means at our disposal,” said Sulaiman Khurram, zonal head of AWCC.

AWCC has worked with government institutions on numerous occasions in the past – including in the area of construction. AWCC officials said they will continue to cooperate in other fields.

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Biden extends US national emergency over humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: February 5, 2023)

US President Joe Biden has extended for one more year the national emergency declared in his executive order with respect to the widespread humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the “potential for deepening economic collapse” in the country.

On February 11, 2022, Biden by an executive order declared a national emergency to deal with the “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States” constituted by the widespread humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the potential for a deepening economic collapse in the country, the White House said.

“The widespread humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan — including the urgent needs of the people of Afghanistan for food security, livelihoods support, water, sanitation, health, hygiene, shelter and settlement assistance, and COVID-19-related assistance, among other basic human needs — and the potential for a deepening economic collapse in Afghanistan continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” White House said in a notice released on February 3.

“In addition, the preservation of certain property of Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) held in the United States by United States financial institutions is of the utmost importance to addressing this national emergency and the welfare of the people of Afghanistan,” the notice said.

“Various parties, including representatives of victims of terrorism, have asserted legal claims against certain property of DAB or indicated in public court filings an intent to make such claims. This property is blocked under Executive Order 14064.”

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Kandahar-Dubai flights resume

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(Last Updated On: February 5, 2023)

Local officials in Kandahar province say flights between Kandahar and Dubai have resumed for the first time since the IEA took control of Afghanistan in August 2021.

The head of Ahmad Shah Baba International Airport in Kandahar has said that the flights have been resumed by Kam Air, the largest private airline in Afghanistan.

Kam Air officials meanwhile said that the west and south zones have more traders and industrialists; therefore, they have resumed the flights.

It is said that round-trip flights will also soon start between Kandahar and New Delhi and Kandahar and China.

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At least 8,000 Afghan refugees return from Iran in past week

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(Last Updated On: February 5, 2023)

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) authorities at the Refugee and Repatriation Department of Nimruz province announced that 7,612 Afghan refugees have returned to the country from Iran over the past week.

Sediqullah Nasrat, the director of the department said on Saturday that 519 refugees who were facing serious financial problems, received cash aid from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Nasrat added that IOM – the United Nations agency for migration – distributed food and other necessary items to the remaining families.

He said the 7,612 Afghan migrants returned to the country from Iran through the Abrishum border crossing.

This comes as the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a private organization called ‘Osta’ to create employment opportunities for more than a thousand needy families.

Although many immigrants are forcibly returned to the country, the deterioration of the economic situation in Iran has also caused migrants to return to the country.

A number of immigration experts say that the new Afghan government should try to solve the problems of Afghan immigrants in host countries through diplomatic means, especially on the issue of accommodation, especially as many migrants do not have legal documents.

Although Iran and Pakistan have been hosting millions of Afghan refugees for years, recent developments in the country have increased the number of these migrants. Now, the Islamic Emirate says that they are trying to gradually provide job opportunities to the returning migrants.

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