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EU Reiterates Its Readiness to Accompany Afghan Peace Talks

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(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

The European Union is ready to accompany an Afghan-owned and an Afghan-led peace process, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini says.

Speaking at a press conference following a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, Federica Mogherini hoped that the United States and Taliban representatives resume their stalled talks as it would be a “step to prepare the launch of a genuine intra-Afghan peace process with direct negotiations between the government and the Taliban”.

Mogherini, who is also the Vice-President of the European Commission, said the EU is ready to support this process from the very beginning to the end.

“We would like to see political forces joining efforts in view of a proper formal peace process to be launched between a legitimate government following the elections and the Taliban with the international community and some regional players accompanying this properly,” Mogherini said.

She added that the EU is seeing a role for itself as it has no hidden agendas.

“We have an interest only in peace, security and stability and rights for the Afghan people. And in this respect, we are ready to support,” the EU High Representative added.

Meanwhile, China says it is ready to provide a platform for dialogue and facilitate the Afghan peace and reconciliation process “on the basis of respecting the will of all Afghan parties”.

China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang, during a regular press briefing on Monday, told reporters that China firmly supports a broad and inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

“We support the constructive dialogue involving all parties in Afghanistan, including the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban,” Geng Shuang said, “at present, we are in communication with all Afghan parties on convening the intra-Afghan meeting in China.”

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

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(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

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(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

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(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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