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Declaration of two inter-Afghan delegations in Tehran

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(Last Updated On: July 8, 2021)

Following a two-day meeting between an Afghan delegation and a Taliban delegation, in Tehran, consensus was reached on a number of points.

According to a statement Thursday made by the two sides the following was agreed to:

1. The delegations commend the efforts and goodwill of the Islamic Republic of Iran in securing peace in Afghanistan and the hospitality provided.

2. Both sides, agreeing on the dangers of continuing the war and the damage it will do to the country’s health, agreed that war was not the solution to the Afghan problem and that all efforts should be made to reach a political solution and peace.

3. The talks took place in a cordial atmosphere and all issues were discussed in detail and explicitly.

4. Both sides decided to discuss issues that need further consultation and clarity, such as establishing a mechanism for the transition from war to permanent peace, the agreed Islamic system and how to achieve it during the next meeting, which will be held as soon as possible. To reach a conclusion.

5. The parties consider the Tehran meeting as a new opportunity and ground for strengthening the political solution to the Afghan problem.

6. Both sides carry out attacks targeting people’s homes, schools, mosques and hospitals, causing civilian casualties, as well as strongly condemning the destruction of public facilities and calling for the perpetrators to be punished.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said a trilateral meeting was held in Tehran between the Taliban, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Borders and other related issues were discussed at the meeting.

The US State Department reacted cautiously to the presence of the Taliban delegation in Tehran on Wednesday, calling it constructive.

Ned Price, US State Department spokesman, on Wednesday, urged Afghanistan’s neighbors to play a constructive role in Afghan peace talks “in order for there to be a just and durable peace” in the country.

“What Iran is trying to do or is in the process of doing by hosting this meeting may well be constructive. I think the jury is still out. This is obviously not something we have discussed with the Iranians, other than by public–by making the point very publicly that Afghanistan’s neighbors need to be responsible stakeholders,” Price said.

“For too long, many of Afghanistan’s neighbors have been happy to see the United States engaged and the United States alone engaged. If there is to be a just and durable settlement and a comprehensive ceasefire, it needs to be supported, supported by Afghanistan’s neighbors. And we hope to see them act responsibly,” he said.

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IEA representatives attend condolence meeting for Hamas leader’s sons

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Mohammad Naeem, charge d’affaires of Afghanistan embassy in Doha, and Sohail Shaheen, head of the political office of the Islamic Emirate in Doha, participated in the condolence meeting in memory of the sons and grandchildren of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday.

Three sons of Haniyeh were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Four of his grandchildren were also killed in the attack.

Following the incident, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi phoned Ismail Haniyeh, telling him that as a result of such sacrifices, Palestine will be freed from Israeli occupation.

He also expressed hope for the Palestinian people’s endurance, determination and patience.

Israel’s attacks on Gaza since October 7 have left 33,634 dead. More than 76,000 others have been injured.

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Afghanistan withdrawal probe sparks anxiety within Biden administration: US’s McCaul

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(Last Updated On: April 12, 2024)

US Representative Michael McCaul, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, believes the probe into America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has sparked anxiety within the Biden administration.

“Are we going to get scalps? I don’t know, but are we going to hold people accountable? Yeah. And I think at the end of the day, my intent is to make sure that this never happens again,” McCaul told Axios in an interview.

US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee launched an investigation into America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan several months ago.

Democrats have slammed Republican investigations like the Biden impeachment inquiry as witch hunts. But Republicans argue the Afghanistan probe has yielded evidence that’s hard for the White House to ignore.

Meanwhile, Daily Mail has reported that hours of private testimony by two of the top State Department officials who oversaw the evacuation from Afghanistan lays bare the confusion at the heart of the operation, and how they failed to respond to warning signs that the Islamic Emirate was sweeping across the country.

Brian McKeon, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, until he stepped down in December 2022, admitted that officials were never able to confirm how many Americans were on the ground and would need help.

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Kidnapped child rescued in Herat

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Police have rescued a five-year-old girl kidnapped in Herat province, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday.

Fahmia had been kidnapped nine days ago in the seventh district of Herat city, the ministry said on X.

She was rescued during a search operation, it added.

Two women have been arrested in connection with the case, according to the ministry.

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