WFP says 9 out of 10 Afghans do not have enough food
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said Sunday that 9 out of 10 people in Afghanistan do not have enough food and that parents are not able to provide their children with healthy meals.
WFP tweeted that so far this year, the organization has reached more than 21 million vulnerable and food-insecure people across the country.
This comes amid repeated calls by the Islamic Emirate to the international community, including to China, to provide help to the people.
Following the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) take over, countries like China restarted their humanitarian aid programs to Afghanistan.
In less than two months after the fall of the republic, the Chinese ambassador to Kabul announced that the first humanitarian aid shipment had arrived in Kabul. The Chinese ambassador said the aid package included food and winter clothes.
But the bulk of China’s aid reached Afghanistan in 2022, including aid packages to earthquake victims in Paktia and Paktika provinces.
Chinese and Islamic Emirate officials have repeatedly spoken of improved relations between the two countries, and according to officials, since the establishment of the Islamic Emirate, China has continued to provide assistance to Afghanistan.
China’s ambassador to Kabul, Wang Yu, has said that after last year’s political developments, China pledged 250 million Chinese Yuan in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
“Afghanistan is still facing many economic, humanitarian and security problems. China, as a friendly and neighboring country of Afghanistan, pays attention to the problems of the people of this country and is trying to help the people to overcome these problems,” said Wang.
China said that it will increase financial aid to Afghanistan in order to reduce the humanitarian crisis on the back of US sanctions.
Currently, according to Afghan experts, Afghanistan’s foreign exchange reserves have been illegally blocked by the Biden administration, but China is increasing emergency humanitarian aid work to severely affected Afghan families by donating food and cash.
Iran holds ‘good negotiations’ with IEA over water rights
Iran’s foreign minister has said that Tehran had “good negotiations” with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) over the issue of water rights.
“We have the water rights issue on the agenda, and the [Iranian] president has assigned Hassan Kazemi Qomi [Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan] to follow up on the matter, with the view that the issues between the two countries should go in the direct direction and be resolved,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian told Iranian state media.
On the recent border clash, he said that the clash did not have any agenda, and the situation in Afghanistan is understandable for Iran.
Tensions between Iran and IEA escalated after Tehran accused Kabul of restricting the flow of water to Iran.
The tensions began last month after Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi warned the IEA needs to “honor” Iran’s rights over the Helmand River.
IEA officials have stressed that they are committed to the 1973 water treaty between Iran and Afghanistan, but there is a lack of water due to drought.
EU-Central Asia summit calls for inclusive government in Afghanistan
Leaders of Central Asian countries and the EU chief met in Kyrgyzstan on Friday, where they discussed Afghanistan among other issues.
The meeting in Cholpon Ata was attended by the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, and a delegation from Turkmenistan.
On Afghanistan, the participants discussed common concerns over the deteriorating situation in the country and reaffirmed their commitment to see the country develop into a secure, peaceful, stable, prosperous country, according to a joint communique.
The leaders also recognised the efforts of the international community to assist the people of Afghanistan in a principled manner and in accordance with international law and universally recognized norms and principles, despite difficult circumstances.
Participants also called on the international community to step up humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and noted the key role of the UN in providing humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan in a principled manner.
They underlined the importance of the establishment of an inclusive and representative government and the importance of promotion of and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Afghans citizens, in particular women, girls and ethnic groups.
IEA special forces kill key Daesh commander in eastern Afghanistan
The Islamic Emirate’s special forces in an operation on Wednesday killed a top Daesh commander along with his accomplice in eastern Nangarhar province, state-run Bakhtar news agency reported.
This Daesh commander’s name was reportedly “Turab”.
The operation was conducted on Wednesday evening in Wuch Tangi village of Shiwa district in eastern Nangarhar province, according to the provincial officials reported by Bakhtar news agency.
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