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NATO Supports Afghan-led, Afghan-owned Peace Process: Stoltenberg

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NATO Secretary General on Thursday said the Allies only supports an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

“We are in favour of a peace process, but it has to be Afghan-led and Afghan owned,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council where topics of common concern, including the security situation in Afghanistan were discussed.

“As long as this is an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process, we support initiatives to try to find a peaceful end and solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and to the violence in Afghanistan, but it has to be led by the Afghans themselves, that’s the key message from NATO.”

Stoltenberg spoke about NATO’s continued financial and military support to the Afghan security forces and admitted that Afghan forces are suffering high causalities and there are still many problems and challenges.

“NATO continues to support the National Unity Government,” he added,” there are casualties in Afghanistan, but at least we have been able to train and to support the Afghan national forces so they are now fully in charge of the security situation in their own country and we will continue to do that.”

He also said that the reason why NATO is in Afghanistan is to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorists.

The meeting between NATO-Russia comes after Moscow planned to host the third-round of talks on Afghanistan peace process and some U.S. generals said that Russia maybe supporting Taliban in Afghanistan

By Qayam Noori & Hesamuddin Hesam

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Improved security boosts tourism in Shulgarh district in Balkh

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Local officials in Balkh province said this week that domestic tourism has improved substantially and that in the past month, about 30,000 visitors have visited the popular Khwaja Sekandar Springs in Shulgarh district.

Officials said that Balkh tourist attractions are drawing in large numbers of visitors amid improved security, especially visitors to the springs.

Balkh residents have welcomed the growing number of visitors to their province and said this was largely due to improved security.

“The difference is big, in the past there was insecurity, now because of the security of this place, people come a lot,” said Ghulam Yahya, a tourist.

Since the IEA took control of the country, provinces around the country are reporting an increase in domestic tourism due to the improved security situation.

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More than 1,000 infected with severe diarrhea outbreak in Takhar

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

The Takhar Department of Public Health says that in the past three days, more than 1,000 people have been infected with severe diarrhea in Takhar province.

The public health officials said that most of the people infected live in the remote areas of Bangi and Ishkamish districts.

According to these officials, mobile health teams have been sent to the area to prevent casualties and to curb the spread of this disease.

A number of non-governmental health institutions have also started working to prevent casualties caused by this disease.

However, residents of the province have stated that there are no health centers in many remote areas in the province and asked government to establish mobile health centers in these areas.

Poor hygiene habits, hot weather and also the use of unsafe water are said to be the reasons for the spread of this disease.

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Work starts on new road to ease traffic in Kabul city

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Kabul municipality officials said Saturday construction work on the new Wazir Akbar Khan to Sherpur road has started in order to reduce traffic congestion in the city center. 

Water culverts will also be included in the project that is being undertaken by the municipality’s Department of Work Maintenance and Monitoring of Kabul Municipality, Bakhtar reported.

The project, once completed, will cost 15 million Afghanis.

The new road will link Street 15 in Wazir Akbar Khan with Street 2 in Sherpur. Six properties along this section will be demolished to make way for the road.

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