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UNAMA head meets top IEA officials to discuss current situation  

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(Last Updated On: June 6, 2022)

Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s acting deputy prime minister, held talks with Deborah Lyons, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA in Kabul on Sunday, to discuss the current situation and the need for support in various sectors including agriculture and banking. 

In addition to this, acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi also met with Lyons and discussed a range of issues and ways to strengthen the private sector.

According to a statement from the foreign ministry, Lyons in turn reported back on her visit to Almaty during her meeting with Muttaqi.

Lyons said neither UNAMA nor the United States wanted the banking sector to weaken further. She also meanwhile expressed confidence that key issues would be resolved through dialogue, the statement read.  

During the meetings, UNAMA delegation member Atul Gupta stated that for the development of the economy and the private sector in Afghanistan, he is working on creating channels in order to establish coordination with various donor institutions.

The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs assured the UNAMA delegation of his full support and said the IEA is working with all the institutions to improve and develop Afghanistan. 

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Afghanistan withdrawal probe sparks anxiety within Biden administration: US’s McCaul

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US Representative Michael McCaul, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, believes the probe into America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has sparked anxiety within the Biden administration.

“Are we going to get scalps? I don’t know, but are we going to hold people accountable? Yeah. And I think at the end of the day, my intent is to make sure that this never happens again,” McCaul told Axios in an interview.

US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee launched an investigation into America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan several months ago.

Democrats have slammed Republican investigations like the Biden impeachment inquiry as witch hunts. But Republicans argue the Afghanistan probe has yielded evidence that’s hard for the White House to ignore.

Meanwhile, Daily Mail has reported that hours of private testimony by two of the top State Department officials who oversaw the evacuation from Afghanistan lays bare the confusion at the heart of the operation, and how they failed to respond to warning signs that the Islamic Emirate was sweeping across the country.

Brian McKeon, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, until he stepped down in December 2022, admitted that officials were never able to confirm how many Americans were on the ground and would need help.

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Kidnapped child rescued in Herat

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Police have rescued a five-year-old girl kidnapped in Herat province, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday.

Fahmia had been kidnapped nine days ago in the seventh district of Herat city, the ministry said on X.

She was rescued during a search operation, it added.

Two women have been arrested in connection with the case, according to the ministry.

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Banning girls’ education has caused economic issues: private school officials

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Officials from private schools say banning education of girls above the sixth grade has resulted in serious financial problems for these schools.

According to them, with the ban on education for girls above the sixth grade, not only schools but also teachers and the transportation cycle have suffered economic problems.

Meanwhile, girls who have been barred from going to school ask the Islamic Emirate to reopen the gates of schools and universities to them by creating a suitable plan.

“I request the authorities to reopen schools and universities for girls so that our country can progress,” said a female student.

“My request to the Islamic Emirate is that it should reopen schools above the sixth grade,” said another student.

Although a few days have passed since the beginning of the 1403 academic year, the IEA has not given the green light to reopen schools for girls.

“Some problems have different causes in the education sector, there are some restrictions in the women’s work sector, which are either based on Sharia rules or based on economic issues. The government is committed to solving these issues,” said IEA’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Earlier, Amnesty International emphasized the need to immediately reopen schools and universities for girls.

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