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Khalilzad meets with Ghani, reiterates US commitment to Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: June 6, 2021)

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has reiterated that the US will continue to support government and Afghan Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF).

Khalilzad met with President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday.

The Afghan Presidential Palace (ARG) said in a statement that Ghani and Khalilzad discussed expanding cooperation, and maintaining political, diplomatic, security, and economic ties.

Noting the US $3.3 billion annual assistance to the ANSDF, Khalilzad conveyed “US government’s message of support for the security and defense forces, particularly the Air Force and the economic and human rights sectors.”

“The two sides emphasized on expansion of cooperation and maintaining political, diplomatic, security, and economic ties,” the statement read.

In his meeting with Abdullah, Khalilzad, meanwhile, stated that the US is committed to supporting Afghanistan in terms of fighting against terrorism and providing financial support to the Afghan Security and Defense Forces.

“Khalilzad stated that his country firmly supports the peace process and works to build a global and regional consensus in support of peace efforts,” the HCNR said in a statement.

According to the statement, Khalilzad has called on warring parties to reduce violence and engage in “serious and fruitful” talks.

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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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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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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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