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EU Envoy Stresses on Afghan Ceasefire, Kabul-Taliban Direct Talks



(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

Federica Maria Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy visited Kabul on Tuesday, where she stressed on Afghan ceasefire and direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

Speaking at a joint press conference with President Ashraf Ghani in the Presidential Palace, Mogherini said that the European Union will continue to support and stand with the Afghan people in the ongoing peace negotiations and that will never leave them alone.

She said conditions for peace have been provided and that Afghans should move the process forward.

“Time has come for the Afghans, all the Afghans, non-excluded, to take the future of their country in their hands and for a peace process that can be really sustainable, we see the needs to meet some conditions to make any negotiation sustainable over time,” she said.

Mogherini, meanwhile, highlighted some key points which upon the European Union will be in support of the Afghan people.

“First of all a ceasefire agreed by the Taliban and peace talks with the Afghan government, an inclusive negotiation team to be established with representatives of all Afghan society including women,” Mogherini said. “Women are proved to be able to play a central role in peace negotiations worldwide.”

“Upholding and strengthening economic and social achievements of the last 18 years particularly, in the rights of women, girls, children, and minorities. I would say upholding and strengthening the constitutional framework and democratic setup of the country,” Mogherini added.

EU envoy further said that for peace to be “durable and sustainable the Afghan people are called to be not the spectators but the authors to write their own present and their own future.”

However, apart from Afghans, she said there are other players that have a “crucial” role in the peace process, the international community including the United States and regional countries including Russia, China, Pakistan, and Iran.

Mogherini, who visited Pakistan ahead of his visit to Kabul, said that Pakistani leadership expressed their support to peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

 She said that the European Union will remain committed to supporting Afghanistan.

“We will be at your side in this difficult but important journey and we do as always all we can to accompany the Afghan people and their democratically elected institutions in this particular moment of their history,” Mogherini said.    

On his turn, President Ghani indirectly pointed towards recent domestic and international political pressures about peace and said that peace cannot be achieved through threats. 

He said stability in Afghanistan is in favor of stability in the region and the world. 

He stressed the upcoming consultative Loya Jirga would provide the opportunity for Afghan people to decide on their future.

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Continued enforcement of travel ban on senior IEA officials is ‘unjust’



(Last Updated On: December 4, 2022)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) describes the international community’s continued travel ban against senior officials as “a cruel and unjust act”.

Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of the IEA, says the problems in the country are the result of unfair sanctions imposed by the United States and the international community against the new government of Afghanistan and emphasized that if the world intends to interact with the Islamic Emirate, it should lift all sanctions.

Three months ago, an exemption on the travel ban against 13 senior IEA officials ended, however, the UN Security Council has still not extended it. This has prevented the officials from leaving the country.

“Political isolation had no results before, and it will not have any results now; the Afghan people and us want good relations with countries based on mutual respect,” said Karimi.

When the travel ban exemption expired, the UN Security Council held two meetings in order to decide on whether to continue with the exemption but security council members failed to reach a decision at either of the meetings.

The international community has stood by calls for the formation of an inclusive government, the upholding of human rights and the removal of terrorist threats from Afghanistan as its basic conditions for the recognition of the Islamic Emirate and the end of sanctions.

The Islamic Emirate, however, emphasizes that it has met all conditions for recognition.

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Hamid Karzai left country out of necessity: IEA



(Last Updated On: December 4, 2022)

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai left the country out of necessity, deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), said on Sunday.

Karzai left on Saturday for the United Arab Emirates on his first trip out of the country since the IEA takeover in August last year.

“A necessity was created for him and he left,” Bilal Karimi said.

Karzai is expected to travel to Germany from the UAE. Omar Zakhilwal, a former finance minister, who accompanied him on the flight to the UAE said they will soon return to Afghanistan.
Karzai left the country on the same day Defense Minister Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid headed to the UAE. IEA says the trips are not connected.

Experts meanwhile say allowing Karzai to travel abroad increases the level of trust between politicians and the IEA.

Karzai was among only a few former senior government officials who remained in the country after the IEA takeover.

While Abdullah Abdullah, former reconciliation council chief, has had couple of foreign trips, Karzai was reportedly facing travel restrictions.

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Six injured in Saturday’s blast in Jalalabad city



(Last Updated On: December 4, 2022)

Local officials have confirmed that six people were wounded in an explosion on Saturday in Nangarhar’s Jalalabad city.

This is in addition to the major losses to shops in the area that sustained serious damage.

One of the damaged shops was that of Gul Charan – the city’s only Sikh resident.

According to local officials, the incident is being investigated. The blast reportedly occurred in District 1, in Jalalabad city.

The security officials of Jalalabad meanwhile say the explosion was caused by an IED embedded in a flowerpot.

The residents of the city have called on the Islamic Emirate to prevent such events in the future.

So far, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

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