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UN envoy urges IEA to enhance dialogue with international community

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(Last Updated On: January 27, 2022)

UN envoy for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons urged the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) on Wednesday to demonstrate their commitment to “a pathway” towards future engagement with the international community.

Lyons told the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan that she hoped the IEA would demonstrate commitment to this so as to ensure critical donor funds are “not diverted or misused.”

She said that “by ‘pathway’ I mean a series of clear, mutually understood commitments, with human rights at the forefront, which would result in Afghanistan rejoining the community of nations by securing domestic legitimacy that aligns with Afghanistan’s modern history and the aspirations of its population, its multi-ethnic character, and its traditional Islamic identity.”

Lyons reported that the IEA has taken some steps to function more effectively as a government, including agreeing on a budget fully financed by their own revenue.

To demonstrate commitment to governing based on trust, the IEA must first initiate a wider dialogue towards national reconciliation, a process that must be entirely initiated and shaped by Afghans, she said, speaking virtually to the council from Kabul.

The promise to contain terrorist groups must also be followed with more meaningful actions, though Lyons suggested “a certain amount of realism” will be required here.

“Given the common interest in addressing this threat, if sufficient trust can be established this could be an area for potential cooperation between the international community and the de facto authorities,” she said. “A new conversation, a new dialogue on this is warranted.”

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Regional countries meet over Afghanistan, call for commitments to be honored

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(Last Updated On: May 28, 2022)

Regional countries met this weekend to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and emphasized the need for a non-interference approach in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.

This comes after security representatives from the region gathered for a two-day meeting in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, that ended Saturday.

The 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan brought together national security advisers and secretaries of security councils of China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan.

Following the meeting, a statement was adopted on prohibiting international terrorist organizations to use the territory of Afghanistan to hide, train, plot or fund any terror acts against the countries in the region.

They also confirmed the intent to establish cooperation in exchanging information between the states and other concerned parties on the situation associated with destructive forces.

The parties asked those responsible for the current situation in Afghanistan to honour their commitments to help restore the country’s economic growth.

“All sides should maintain dialogue and communication with Afghanistan and urge the country to create an inclusive political system, to run a consistent and moderate domestic and foreign policy course, and to develop friendly ties with all nations, in particular in the region,” the statement said.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said that it is open to constructive engagement with the international community.

Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of the IEA, said that the situation in Afghanistan has improved since the IEA took power.

“In the past, the borders were not secure. The ground and airspace of Afghanistan were occupied. Afghanistan’s rights had been taken away in politics and diplomacy and other areas,” Karimi said.

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700,000 Afghan refugees deported from Iran in past 9 months

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Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) acting deputy minister of refugees and repatriation Muhammad Arsala Kharoti said on Saturday that about 700,000 Afghan refugees have been deported from Iran in the past nine months. 

Addressing a press conference during a visit to Herat province, Kharoti said many of these refugees have been forcibly deported. 

He said the issue of mistreatment of Afghans by Iranian officials has been raised with Tehran on a number of occasions. 

“We also contacted the Iranian government and summoned the ambassador for Iran; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed our dissatisfaction, so those who are accused of abusing Afghans should be found and those who are guilty should be punished,” Kharoti said.

During the press conference, a US-based charity handed over a large shipment of clothing to the ministry, which will distribute to vulnerable families across the country. 

Farhad Safi, Coordinating Director of the Zarmani Foundation, said: “We reached an agreement with the Ministry of Refugees to hand over these clothes and based on the surveys they have carried out, they will transfer this aid to all provinces, especially the provinces with the most vulnerable and needy.”

Officials at the charity say the shipment is worth about $5 million.

“We assure you that we will deliver the aid to the deserving and the vulnerable with full transparency,” Kharoti said.

This comes amid an increase in the numbers of deportees from Iran said officials. According to them, as many as 3,000 people return through the Islam Qala border crossing into Herat daily.

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Baradar meets Shiite ulema; says IEA does not want a monopoly of power

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First Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Friday met with a delegation of Shia clerics and tribal elders and told them the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) does not want a monopoly of power. 

Baradar said that Afghanistan is the “common home of all Afghans” and its development is the “common responsibility of all Afghans”.

“The position of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is clear, it does not want monopoly of power,” Baradar told clerics and elders. 

According to the clerics and tribal elders, they have always supported an Islamic system and they support the Islamic Emirate. 

“We have always supported the Islamic Emirate and … we condemn all actions and efforts to weaken the existing Islamic system,” they said. 

They also described the Islamic Emirate as the “core of unity and solidarity among the tribes living in Afghanistan” and that the “ulema has always prevented any kind of insurgency and insecurity in Shiite-populated areas”.

“The Bonn Conference is a document of the birth of occupation, ethnic and regional prejudices, and on the contrary the Doha agreement is a document of freedom and unity and brotherhood between nations,” they said. 

Former ethnic dictators and other intelligence operatives who have maintained their interests in dividing the nation no longer exist here,” they stated.

The delegation also put forward some suggestions which they shared in writing with Baradar, the First Deputy Prime Minister’s Office said. 

The door of the Islamic Emirate is open to every citizen of Afghanistan, Baradar said. Adding that “we welcome anyone who serves Afghanistan and the Afghan people.”

He stated that the welfare and economic stability of the people is an important program for government which aims to improve the economic situation in the short term, provide jobs to the people and increase the country’s national revenue.

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