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Muttaqi addresses China meeting on Afghanistan, calls for regional support



(Last Updated On: March 31, 2022)

Amir Khan Muttaqi, acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) told delegates attending a conference in China on Thursday that the government is working to make sure the political structure in Afghanistan is inclusive.

Addressing delegates attending the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan’s Neighboring Countries Meeting in China, Muttaqi also said the cabinet has set up a ministerial-level commission to liaise with Afghan figures at home.

He stated that the new government of Afghanistan wants to ensure security is maintained and that no conflict takes place. He said a balanced economic policy also needs to be established.

On the issue of Daesh, Muttaqi said that the terrorist organization has largely been eliminated in Afghanistan.

“Unfortunately, Daesh is being propagated from outside and a media atmosphere is being created for it,” Muttaqi told the conference participants.

He did however call on countries in the region to support the new Afghan government and said: “Strengthening the new government was in everyone’s interest and its weakness was to the detriment of all.

“The Afghan government was committed to addressing all concerns,” he added.

“Afghanistan’s assets have been frozen and its political representation at the United Nations has been handed over to someone who neither represents the government nor can serve the people, and his political and economic rights have been usurped,” he said.

Muttaqi said that the Islamic Emirate is trying to address all the political, economic and social problems in a wise and careful manner.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who chaired the meeting, meanwhile expressed hope for progress and achievements in Afghanistan.

“There should be no threats to anyone in Afghanistan,” Wang said.

Wang welcomed Muttaqi’s remarks and praised Afghanistan’s position.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also addressed delegates and thanked Muttaqi for his remarks and stressed his support for Afghans.

“Western nations must play their part in Afghanistan,” stressing that the “previous regime’s representation at the UN could not represent Afghanistan and that it was taking advantage of the situation.”

He also referred to the introduction of new diplomats to the Afghan embassy in Russia.

All participants stressed the need to work with the new Afghan government.

Representatives of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan stressed the importance of implementing major economic projects with Afghanistan and the importance of transit corridors through Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also said that the question of recognizing the new Afghan government should be settled with the consent of all countries in the region.

The Foreign Ministers of Indonesia and Qatar, in turn, called for and promised more cooperation with Afghanistan.

At the end of the meeting, Wang stated the meeting had been a positive move and thanked Muttaqi for his explanations.

Wang said the next meeting will be held in Uzbekistan and that once again the Afghan Foreign Minister will attend.

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Hundreds of needy families receive aid packages in Paktia



(Last Updated On: March 28, 2023)

Hundreds of needy families in Gerda Seray district of Paktia province have received aid packages in the holy month of Ramadan, local officials said.

The packages have been distributed by a German foundation to residents of this district.

Khalil Rahman Haqqani, Minister of Refugees and Repatriations, said the ministry is fully prepared to meet the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees.

While distributing aid to those in need in this district, the minister asked international organizations to cooperate with Afghanistan in dealing with IDPs.

Habibullah Shahzad, head of Paktia migrant affairs department, meanwhile said that these aid packages include flour, oil, sugar, beans, tea, gas cylinders and blankets.

The recipients are happy that they have received aid in the holy month of Ramadan, but say they need more aid to meet their needs.

According to the refugees ministry, there are currently more than one million IDPs in the country who need emergency assistance in addition to shelter.

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Daesh claims responsibility for attack near Afghan foreign ministry



(Last Updated On: March 28, 2023)

Daesh has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack that killed at least six civilians in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday, Reuters reported.

The group published the details of a suicide bomber, on its Telegram account, saying that the attack was carried out by “Abdul Hameed Khorasani.”

Monday’s attack was condemned by several national and international individuals and organizations, including the UN mission in Afghanistan.

“Reports of numerous casualties in today’s attack in Kabul-at least one child among them. It is unacceptable that ordinary Afghans continue to be targeted as they go about their daily lives,” UNAMA said in a tweet.

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AWCC launches 3G services in a remote area of Kunar province



(Last Updated On: March 28, 2023)

Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) has rolled out 3G services to the remote Chaghan district in the northeastern province of Kunar.

Being so remote, Chaghan residents have struggled with limited telecommunications in the past but this week they welcomed AWCC’s initiative.

Officials in the area also welcomed the move and said the new infrastructure installed in Chaghan also helps cover surrounding areas.

“An AWCC site was opened in a dominant location. This is a very good place. It is connected to the [provincial] center and covers some areas of Marawar district and Watepur district. We are grateful to AWCC,” said Sajjad, provincial director of communications.

Ejazul Haq Yousufzai, head of Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) in Kunar, said efforts are ongoing for the development of telecommunication services so as to reach all districts in the province.

Local authorities in Kunar expressed their appreciation for the provision of telecommunication and internet services by AWCC and acknowledged that the services provided by the company are of a good quality.

“First of all, we are very grateful to the employees of AWCC for providing these services to the people of Kunar. We ask all companies and institutions to provide such services to the mountainous province of Kunar,” provincial governor, Ahmad Taha, said.

Abdullah Haqqani, deputy governor of Kunar, said: “Kunar is a mountainous province. The number of [cellphone] towers is not enough. We demand that problems faced by the people get solved.”

Local residents also expressed their satisfaction with the recent move of AWCC.

“The opening of this site is a great achievement for these two valleys. With this, these two valleys were connected to the center. The problems that people were facing before have now been solved,” Hayatullah, a resident of Kunar province, said.

Meanwhile, AWCC officials in the eastern zone assured the people of Kunar that the company will provide telecommunication services to all remote areas of the province.

“This site plays a key role for these two valleys, Dangam, Ghazi Abad, Nari, Watepur and up to Nuristan. Without the site, other sites cannot provide these services,” said Attaullah Sahil, head of AWCC in the eastern zone.

With the improvement of the security situation, AWCC has not only expanded its telecommunication services in the eastern zone, but it has covered many remote areas of the zone with 3G and 4G internet services.

Kunar province lies in the northeastern section of the country and borders northern Pakistan. The vast majority of the province is mountainous and extremely rugged.

The province is dominated by the lower Hindu Kush mountains which are cut by the Kunar River to form the forested Kunar Valley. The mountains, narrow valleys with steep walls, and rivers present formidable natural obstacles and have historically constrained all movement through the province.

Even in the early 21st century, movement on foot, with pack animals, or with motorized vehicles is extremely limited and channeled due to the significant geographic restrictions.

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