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E.U. Special Envoy Met Mullah Baradar in Qatar

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(Last Updated On: May 22, 2019)

The E.U. Special Representative for Afghanistan Ronald Kobia met with Taliban deputy leader and the group’s head of Qatar office Abdul Ghani Baradar in Doha, on Tuesday and discussed peace process among other issues, Taliban said in a statement.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Mohammad Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for Taliban’s Qatar office confirmed the meeting.

According to the statement, the two sides discussed the current situation of Afghanistan, negotiations with the United States, prevention of civilian casualties and humanitarian aid.

The EU Special Envoy clarified the policy of the European Union towards Afghanistan and gave assurances of a positive role in Afghan peace as a representative of the organization, the statement added.

The E.U. has not made a comment about the meeting yet.

It comes as the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has held at least six rounds of talks with the Taliban militant group in Qatar.

In a Twitter post, Khalilzad said that a peace process that delivers a political settlement is the priority for the United States.

“But wanting peace does not preclude Afghans from demanding preparations for a credible presidential election. Election planning must go forward as we pursue the peace Afghans deserve,” Khalilzad tweeted.

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Improved security boosts tourism in Shulgarh district in Balkh

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Local officials in Balkh province said this week that domestic tourism has improved substantially and that in the past month, about 30,000 visitors have visited the popular Khwaja Sekandar Springs in Shulgarh district.

Officials said that Balkh tourist attractions are drawing in large numbers of visitors amid improved security, especially visitors to the springs.

Balkh residents have welcomed the growing number of visitors to their province and said this was largely due to improved security.

“The difference is big, in the past there was insecurity, now because of the security of this place, people come a lot,” said Ghulam Yahya, a tourist.

Since the IEA took control of the country, provinces around the country are reporting an increase in domestic tourism due to the improved security situation.

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More than 1,000 infected with severe diarrhea outbreak in Takhar

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

The Takhar Department of Public Health says that in the past three days, more than 1,000 people have been infected with severe diarrhea in Takhar province.

The public health officials said that most of the people infected live in the remote areas of Bangi and Ishkamish districts.

According to these officials, mobile health teams have been sent to the area to prevent casualties and to curb the spread of this disease.

A number of non-governmental health institutions have also started working to prevent casualties caused by this disease.

However, residents of the province have stated that there are no health centers in many remote areas in the province and asked government to establish mobile health centers in these areas.

Poor hygiene habits, hot weather and also the use of unsafe water are said to be the reasons for the spread of this disease.

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Work starts on new road to ease traffic in Kabul city

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Kabul municipality officials said Saturday construction work on the new Wazir Akbar Khan to Sherpur road has started in order to reduce traffic congestion in the city center. 

Water culverts will also be included in the project that is being undertaken by the municipality’s Department of Work Maintenance and Monitoring of Kabul Municipality, Bakhtar reported.

The project, once completed, will cost 15 million Afghanis.

The new road will link Street 15 in Wazir Akbar Khan with Street 2 in Sherpur. Six properties along this section will be demolished to make way for the road.

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