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IEA in talks with Pakistan over Paktia border clashes

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(Last Updated On: November 22, 2022)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said Tuesday that a joint committee from Afghanistan and Pakistan met earlier in the day in a bid to resolve the recent border conflict in Paktia province.

Speaking at an event in Kabul, Zabiullah Mujahid, the IEA’s spokesman, said the Islamic Emirate is opposed to cross-border skirmishes with neighboring countries.

“We are committed not to clash with any of our neighboring countries, but to protect our border lines and border areas,” Mujahid said.

Mujahid added that: “On both sides, Afghanistan and Pakistan – a joint working committee is working and continues their meetings to prevent such issues in the future.”

Earlier in the day, reports indicated that while the two sides held talks, no agreements had yet been reached.

According to sources, the two sides sent negotiating delegations to Dand-e-Patan District in Paktia province. The governor of Pakistan and other officials reportedly attended the discussions with their Pakistani counterparts.

Some media outlets meanwhile stated that the deputy minister of defense, Mohammad Fazel Mazloum, also traveled to Dand-e-Patan to assess the situation. There has been no confirmation on whether he also attended the talks.

According to reports, clashes broke out three days ago involving residents of Kurram Agency, in Pakistan over the erection of a border fence by Pakistan. IEA forces and Pakistani forces then reportedly got involved, which resulted in the use of light and heavy weapons.

Residents of Kurram Agency, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, claimed that they were losing hundreds of hectares of land to Afghanistan.

Since the start of clashes, the Kharlasi gate in Dand-e-Patan, which is a key trade route between southeast Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been closed.

This comes after another border skirmish in Kandahar, led to the closure of the Spin Boldak-Chaman crossing for just over a week. The crossing was reopened on Monday.

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Afghanistan announces aid for quake-hit Turkey and Syria

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(Last Updated On: February 7, 2023)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) on Tuesday announced AFN 15 million (approx. $166,000 USD) in humanitarian aid for people affected by recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Of the total, AFN 10 million (approx. $111,000) will be for Turkey, and AFN 5 million (approx. $55,000) will be for Syria.

The Foreign Ministry in a statement said that IEA stands in solidarity with its brothers and sisters in this time of hardship.

It added that the aid is on the basis of “shared humanity and Islamic brotherhood.”

The statement also said that IEA emergency response and health teams stand ready to participate in rescue operations to assist the affected people if called upon.

The ministry instructed its diplomatic mission in Turkey to not spare any efforts in assisting the victims, and urged Turkey-based Afghan citizens to help with the relief efforts.

Thousands have been killed in Monday’s earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a three-month state of emergency across 10 provinces worst affected by the earthquakes.

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28 million Afghans are in dire need of humanitarian aid: UNICEF

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(Last Updated On: February 7, 2023)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced that Afghanistan needs immediate humanitarian aid.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi on Monday said that Afghanistan is experiencing the worst period over the past two decades.

Abdi said on Twitter that humanitarian needs are felt now more than ever before in Afghanistan, and has warned that disruptions of aid will lead to a humanitarian catastrophe in the war-torn country, already plagued with critical challenges.

“Some 28 million Afghans are in dire need of humanitarian aid, which needs the immediate attention of the international community, partners, and Taliban’s caretaker government,” Abdi said.

During his visit with Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore reiterated that the organization is committed to carrying on its much-needed operations in the areas of education, healthcare, and children’s vaccinations in Afghanistan.

Previously, UNICEF announced that Afghanistan is among the eight most hunger-hit countries in the world.

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Iran’s top security official leaves for Russia to attend Afghanistan meeting

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(Last Updated On: February 7, 2023)

The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani has left the country for Russia to attend a summit that will focus on the political, economic and security situation in Afghanistan.

Shamkhani will join top security officials from Central Asian countries, Pakistan, India and China for a meeting planned for Wednesday in the Russian capital Moscow as part of the fifth round of the multilateral talks on Afghanistan.

The previous edition of the conference had been held in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe in May 2022.

Indian capital of New Delhi had hosted the third round of the initiative in 2021 two years after it was launched in Tehran.

Shamkhani is also scheduled to hold meetings with his counterparts from other countries, including Russia’s top security official.

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