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Turkey to host meeting on Afghan peace late in March

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(Last Updated On: March 10, 2021)

Sources told ArianaNews on Wednesday that Turkey will host a meeting on Afghan peace process on 27 March.

According to the sources the meeting will be take place in Ankara, capital of Turkey.

This comes after the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said in a letter to President Ashraf Ghani, that a meeting facilitated by the UN will be hosted in Turkey to discuss the Afghan peace process.

Taliban delegation, Afghan government representatives, and foreign countries will participate .

Meanwhile, Anadolu Agency reported that Turkey is ready to mediate between the talks teams.

“Afghanistan is a very important country for us,” said Omer Celik, spokesman for the Justice and Development (AK) Party, quoted by Anadolu Agency.

According to Celik “Turkey is ready to be involved in all kinds of mediation efforts for peace in Afghanistan and the region.”

Taliban political office in Doha said that they have not decided yet on whether will participate in the meeting or not.

The Afghan government also did not comment about its participation in the meeting.

On the other hand, United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said Deborah Lyons, head of the mission, discussed the Afghan peace process with Taliban and government’s negotiating teams in Doha.

According to UNAMA Deborah Lyons “underscored UN’s continued commitment to work with the parties in ending the conflict and reaching an inclusive peace settlement.”

The Afghan State Ministry for Peace said the UN envoy urged the international community to respect Afghans and Afghan government’s demands.

“The UN Envoy in a meeting with Islamic republic negotiation team emphasized on acceleration of peace talks… and a ceasefire,” said Najia Anwari, spokeswoman for the ministry.

This comes as Russia is planning to host a meeting on the Afghan peace process on 18 March in Moscow and Afghan government, Taliban, and Afghan political parties have been invited to the meeting.

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2,000 kg drugs destroyed in Zabul

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(Last Updated On: December 9, 2022)

Local officials in Zabul say 2,000 kilograms of drugs seized recently were torched and destroyed in the southern Afghan province.

The drugs had been seized at a security checkpoint while being transported in Shah Joy district, said Abdul Sattar, head of operations at counter-narcotics department of Zabul.

He said that one person was arrested in connection with the smuggling of the drugs, and was referred for prosecution.

In a major crackdown on illegal practices in the country, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) supreme leader in April issued a decree banning the cultivation of poppies.

The decree stated that in addition to this, usage, transportation, trade, export and import of all types of narcotics are strictly banned.

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Pakistan to import gas from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan: report

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(Last Updated On: December 9, 2022)

The government of Pakistan, facing gas shortage as winter sets in, has worked out a plan to import liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) overland from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan, Pakistan Today reported on Thursday.

The customs office in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, after consultations with stakeholders, sent a plan to the Federal Board of Revenue to import LPG across the Chaman border, the paper said, citing sources. The federal government is ready to take the big step of importing LPG from Turkmenistan and will allow entry of tanker trucks, the sources said.

Afghan haulers plan to drive empty Pakistani tanker trucks across the Chaman border to the border with Turkmenistan in Torghuni to fill them with LPG. They will then drive back to Chaman and hand the trucks over to Pakistani haulers, who will deliver the gas to the point of destination in Pakistan, according to the report.

The documents cited by Pakistan Today lay out three plans: immediate, short-term and long-term. Under the first, imports will begin immediately, while the short-term plan will require six to eight months and the long-term plan, which calls for setting up a station to load LPG into Pakistani fuel trucks, will take one year.

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Refugees minister visits Panjshir province

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The minister of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) has traveled to Panjshir province and met with Mohammad Mohsen Hashemi, the governor of Panjshir, and other officials of government departments, institutions and influential people of this province.

On the trip to Panjshir province on Thursday and visiting the officials of this province, Khalil-ur-Rehman Haqqani, minister of refugees, said that the Islamic Emirate has no enmity with any ethnic or linguistic group.

He said that fighting in the past was to free the country from occupation, which has now ended.

At this meeting, Haqqani, while congratulating the victory of the Islamic Emirate and the consolidation of the Islamic system, asked the people and officials of Panjshir to continue living together with the spirit of brotherhood, friendship, intimacy and confidence.

He also emphasized that the enmity, war and struggle were for the consolidation of the Islamic system, providing security, defending the territorial integrity and ending the occupation, and with the consolidation of the Islamic system, there is no reason for enmity among Afghans.

The minister of refugees thanked the donor institutions for their cooperation and asked them for more assistance in the whole country, especially for the residents of Panjshir, and emphasized that the survey and distribution should be done in understanding and coordination with the MoRR and relevant departments.

He also visited Panjshir Immigrant Affairs Department and gave the necessary instructions to prevent corruption and solve the problems of returnees and displaced people.

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