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Politicians hint at establishment of interim government

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(Last Updated On: January 7, 2021)

Politicians, including close allies of former president Hamid Karzai, say the establishment of an interim government in Afghanistan is a growing possibility.

This comes a day after US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met with Afghan officials and politicians.

President Ashraf Ghani reportedly refused to meet with Khalilzad on the grounds that the US wants an interim government to be formed – which Ghani is opposed to.

Sources from the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) stated that Khalilzad had come to Kabul to discuss the issue.

Close allies of former president Hamid Karzai also confirmed that an interim government is on the cards.

“One person is not important compared to the sacrifices made by the nation, the other establishments will be saved,” said Gul Rahman Qazi, head of Afghanistan Council for Peace and Salvation.

A member of Hizb-e-Islami, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, also said that a ceasefire and an interim government are likely to be discussed in this round of the peace talks in Doha, which officially resumed Wednesday after the teams took a three week break.

“Without an interim and transitional government the other topics are useless,” said Hafizullah Naqi, a leading member of the party.

Jamiat-e-Islami Party, led by Salahuddin Rabbani, also suggested an interim government would be formed.

“I never thought about an interim and transitional government, but now it is an option for us to think about and support,” said Atta Mohammad Noor, CEO of the party.

The Presidential Palace rejected the suggestions of the establishment of an interim government, while the Taliban said they had not suggested the idea.

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Stanikzai meets with Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Kabul

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Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the political deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met Sunday with Ilham Mohammadov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Afghanistan and said the Islamic Emirate wants good relations with the world, foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said in a statement.

Balkhi quoted the ambassador of Azerbaijan as saying he appreciates the efforts of the Islamic Emirate in the field of security, economic development, and the fight against drugs and added that Azerbaijan is ready to cooperate in the cultural, economic and commercial sectors with Afghanistan.

Stanikzai said in this meeting that the IEA, having a balanced and economic-based foreign policy, wants good relations with all countries and is also trying to improve the country’s economic situation.

This comes after Mohammadov submitted his ambassadorial credentials to acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi late last month.

According to Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry’s website, their parliament approved the opening of their embassy on December 30, 2020.

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Over 92,000 metric tons of goods transported via rail in past week: ARA

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Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA) announced in a statement on Sunday that 92,233 metric tons of goods was transported via railway lines in the country in the past week.

ARA said 75,698 tons was transported through Hairatan port, 5,054 tons via Aqina port, and 11,481 tons through Turghandi. This included oil and other goods and raw materials – that were imported and exported.

Of this, 2,247 tons of commercial goods were exported, most of which were oranges, potatoes, dried fruits and pomegranate juice, the statement read.

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Stanikzai laments poor reading habits among Afghans

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Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the political deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Sunday that the development of a country depends on reading, but reading habits in Afghanistan are very low.

Stanikzai made the remarks at a ceremony in Kabul to unveil books printed during the past 11 months.

“In Afghanistan, compared to other countries, people read very little. Maybe some people believe that there were many problems here, there was a war, the economy was weak and people are looking for bread and don’t have time to read, but these problems exist in other countries as well. If there is no war in other countries, there is poverty,” Stanikzai said.

He stated now that security is ensured in the country and there is no feudalism, youths should read under the shadow of the Islamic system, because without reading, success cannot be achieved.

“If youths become interested in reading and books, Allah willing, society will get rid of problems very soon. We Afghans have no equal on the battlefield. We have a lot of progress in this regard, and no one else has this honor. We should try to tell the world that with the takeover of the Islamic Emirate, there is peace and security in Afghanistan. There is no more war; there is no more feudalism; there is no more looting. There is an Islamic and Sharia system,” Stanikzai said.

He has also said that currently many books are imported from other countries, adding that scientific and research institutions and authors of the country should try to write books themselves.

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