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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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China calls on US to release Afghanistan’s assets

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(Last Updated On: August 13, 2022)

Wang Wenbin, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said Friday the freezing of $7 billion of Afghanistan’s foreign reserves has caused the economic crisis in Afghanistan to intensify, and that Beijing sees the continued blocking of these assets as “unjustifiable”.

“The freezing of seven billion dollars in assets of the Central Bank of Afghanistan has played a negative role in aggravating the economic crisis in this country and the US government must release these assets of the Afghan people and there is no justification for the continued blocking of Afghanistan’s assets,” said Wang.

China and Russia, the two fierce rivals of the US, have reacted to the freezing of Afghanistan’s assets several times since the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan (IEA) took power. The two countries have also called for the release of the foreign reserves on a number of occasions.

“United States is the political and economic opponent of China, and the Chinese make moves against the US from any source,” said Sayed Massoud, a university professor.

After the IEA swept to power in August last year, the US froze almost $10 billion dollars of the country’s foreign reserves.

US President Joe Biden, signed an order on February 11, 2021, that half of the reserves be allocated to the families of victims of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. He instructed that the balance be used for humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan.

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IEA urges India to complete unfinished projects in Afghanistan

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The foreign ministry of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has called on India to complete its unfinished developmental projects in Afghanistan.

According to a statement issued on Saturday, the IEA also called on India to embark on other “vital projects,” in Afghanistan.

The statement was issued after India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said Friday a team of diplomats, excluding the ambassador, had gone to Afghanistan to address issues such as humanitarian assistance, vaccine campaigns and development projects in the country.

“We have taken a very considered deliberated view that our relationship at the end of the day is with the people of Afghanistan, to the society and that it is a relationship which is deep enough and in a sense, historically long enough for us to actually find ways of factoring in these political changes and continuing that people-to-people, so like a relationship,” Jaishankar told reporters.

IEA’s foreign ministry said it welcomed India’s move to step up diplomatic presence at its embassy in Kabul, and reiterated security assurances.

The ministry expressed hope that relations between India and Afghanistan would expand further.

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Thirteen people killed in flash floods in Afghanistan

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Thirteen people including women and children have been killed in flash floods caused by heavy rains over the past two days in Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday.

Sharafuddin Muslim, the deputy state minister for disaster management, said that the floods happened in Khost, Paktia, Logar, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Parwan and Kapisa provinces.

According to the official, 13 people including four women and five children were killed and two others went missing following the floods.

Muslim said that hundreds of homes were damaged. Some roads connecting villages with the district centers were also blocked.

Responding to the disaster, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) is distributing 100,000 afghanis to each family affected, he said.

Other basic items are also being delivered, he said.

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