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Russian FM Proposes Trilateral Meeting With U.S. Amid Heightening Tensions



(Last Updated On: March 28, 2018)

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister  proposed  holding a trilateral meeting with U.S. and Afghanistan to President Ghani on the side line of Tashkent Conference, according to the Presidential Palace or Arg.

The statement which was issued yesterday, March 27, also said that President Ghani accepted Lavrov’s proposal.

“President Ghani welcomed Minister Lavrov’s proposal for convening a trilateral meeting and suggested the meeting be held through the prescribed channel”, the statement reads.

The proposal of holding a trilateral meeting between Russia, the United States, and Afghanistan comes amid heightening tensions between Moscow and Western Allies over poisoning of an ex-Russian Spy in a UK cathedral town.

In the meantime, Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of Tashkent conference, also expressed serious concern over Daesh presence in northern parts of Afghanistan which is a threat t the country.

“We cannot solve the global problem without a global response. Afghanistan is a global issue. We see the drug trafficking has increased in the last ten to twelve years. The attempts of IS after they failed in Syria and northern parts of Afghanistan are now to threaten Russia. Our purpose is to have dialogue with US on the issue,” Lavrov said.

The Afghan government also considered the joint cooperation of Russia and U.S. an essential element for providing peace in the country.

“Afghanistan should be a cooperation framework between Russia and U.S. . We hope both countries work together for the peace and stability in Afghanistan,” said Salahuddin Rabani, acting foreign minister.

Western countries including U.S. have expelled over 100 Russian diplomats in response to the nerve attack what they say Moscow is behind that.

Particularly, the U.S. has expelled 60 Russian diplomats in response to the nerve attack.

On the other hand, Russia has been repeatedly accused of supporting and arming the Taliban militant group by U.S. Officials including Gen. Nicholson, Commander of Resolute Support Mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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IEA, US meet in Doha to discuss freeing of Afghanistan’s frozen assets



(Last Updated On: June 29, 2022)

A senior Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) delegation, led by Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, headed to Qatar on Wednesday to hold talks with US officials to release some of the $9 billion of frozen reserves. 

According to a Washington Post report, US officials have tried to set up a system for assets to be managed, while simultaneously erecting safeguards to ensure the funds are not siphoned off for misuse by the IEA.

One option discussed by those close to the talks involves having a third party trust fund administer the money, according to the report.

Bloomberg also reported that the discussion will center around “creating a mechanism for releasing the frozen Afghan reserves.” 

Ahmad Wali Haqmal, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s finance ministry told Bloomberg: “We’re expecting this would be a serious round of talks.”

US officials have expressed optimism about the progress on talks but cautioned that several obstacles to the deal remain.

“It would be accurate to say negotiations are underway,” said Shah Mehrabi, an economics professor at Montgomery College in Maryland and a senior member of  Afghanistan’s central bank board since 2002. 

“We are in the process of trying to come up with a mechanism that will allow the transfer of reserves to the central bank of Afghanistan,” he said.

Mehrabi said food costs have skyrocketed by 18 percent in the past several months. Basic household goods rose in cost by 35 percent during the first few months of the year; in May, inflation for household goods hit 42 percent, Mehrabi said.

“These reserves belong to the Afghan people; they are needed to stabilize prices,” he said. “The faster it is delivered to the central bank of Afghanistan, the sooner we will see the impact of the reduction in prices that are critical to enable ordinary Afghans to afford food, cooking oil, and sugar and fuel. Now, they can’t do that.”

The delegation includes central bank Governor Mohammad Idris and Deputy Finance Minister Nazir Kabiri. They will meet with the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West and officials from the treasury department, Haqmal said.

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‘If Putin was a woman’ he would not have invaded Ukraine: UK PM



(Last Updated On: June 29, 2022)

Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if he were a woman, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.

“If Putin was a woman, which he obviously isn’t, but if he were, I really don’t think he would’ve embarked on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence in the way that he has,” Johnson said in an interview to German broadcaster ZDF.

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is “a perfect example of toxic masculinity”, he said, calling for better education for girls around the world and for “more women in positions of power”.

The British prime minister acknowledged that “of course people want the war to end”, but for the moment “there’s no deal available. Putin isn’t making an offer of peace”.

Johnson’s comments come ahead of a NATO meeting where allies will discuss how to respond to future threats.

Western allies must support Ukraine to enable it to be in the best possible strategic position in the event that peace negotiations with Moscow do become possible, Johnson said.

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Grand assembly to discuss ways to improve economic, social conditions: Hanafi



(Last Updated On: June 29, 2022)

The grand assembly of religious scholars, scheduled to begin Thursday, is expected to discuss ways to improve economic and social conditions, Abdul Salam Hanafi, deputy prime minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said on Wednesday.

Hanafi said people from various ethnic groups and with different views will sit for discussion, which is a positive step in maintaining stability and strengthening national unity in the country.

 “After years, Afghans from various sections and ethnic groups and with different views sit with each other for discussion without foreign interference,” Hanafi said in an interview to RTA. “It is in itself a positive and valuable step for maintaining stability and strengthening national unity.”

He said that more than 3,000 people will participate in the gathering under the mega Loya Jirga tent in Kabul.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the IEA, also said that the gathering will be held under tight security measures.

He said that all technical preparations have been finalized and there will be several committees discussing key issues.

It will be the largest gathering in Kabul after the IEA took over in August last year. 

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