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Indian’s minister confirms his cooperation in Afghanistan

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India’s minister for external affairs said in Tashkent his country’s development assistance stands at $3 billion USD, adding that his country will continue to help rebuild Afghanistan and turn it into a stable economy. According to the minister, last year India embarked upon the New Development Partnership, which will support
116 ‘High Impact Community Development Projects’ in Afghanistan according to the priorities of the Afghan government. They include large scale projects such as drinking water for Kabul city and low-cost housing for returning Afghan refugees.

Akbar said that India’s other key priority is helping Afghanistan in building “robust, reliable and year-round connectivity, improving trade and investment relations of Afghanistan with prominent markets in the region and beyond”. He also said that the Indian grant aid of 170,000 tons of wheat supplies to Afghanistan is currently transiting through Chabahar (Port in Iran). Furthermore, the India-Afghanistan air freight corridor helps the connection between the countries. In fact, over 110 flights have carried over 2,000 tons of exports from Afghanistan to India worth over tens of millions of dollars.

 

Afghanistan: 8 IS militants in Kabul

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The national intelligence agency has arrested eight Islamic State operatives in the capital, Kabul. The arrests follow an assault by five heavily armed Islamic State suicide bombers on the Afghan military academy in Kabul that killed 11 soldiers. The suspects were recruiting Afghan youth and planning terror attacks in Kabul, the agency said. They were accumulating funds for subversive activities. Afghan security forces have since improved security around the capital and made raids against IS militant. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, acting on findings of a probe into the assault, fired seven army officers, including two generals, for ‘professional negligence”. The situation in Kabul is criticized and Ghani’s government is accused of failing to protect the city and Afghanistan.

India, Afghanistan agreement of development project

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Indian and Afghan signed agreements for the implementation of 108 community development projects in Afghanistan and the projects valued at $31.33 million will be executed in 31 provinces. Manpreet Vohra, Indian Ambassador to Kabul said that these projects will improve the life of those people who are living in the remote areas of the country. Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah added that he praised India’s economic and political support for Afghanistan and called on those countries involved in destabilizing Afghanistan to support the war-torn country, referring to Pakistan.

MoI, involvement of internal people in Kabul attacks

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The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that the recent terrorist attacks in Kabul have been taken place in cooperation of internal and influential people in the country. “Despite terrorist attacks organize outside the country but without a doubt they have their influential people inside the country”, said Nasrat Rahimi, spokesman of MoI. According to Afghan military analyst, the Government can easily identify and arrest these influential people through investigation. Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has suffered three deadly attacks in a little over one week.

Afghanistan: Trade Ties with Indonesia

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Afghanistan and Indonesia will develop their trade relation in different industries. “Soon we are going to work on expanding trade relation with Indonesia and so it could pave the ground for export of dry and fresh Afghan fruits in the country”, said the Ministry Spokesman Musafer Qoqandi. According to the Minister of Commerce, the trade turnover between Kabul and Jakarta is about $350 million. “We can work with Indonesia as currently we have taken steps for importing vehicle’s tires, batteries and lubricants”, said Khan Jan Alokozai, Vice President of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI). Afghan economic analysts believe the government to should encourage the Indonesian businessmen to invest in Afghanistan. This comes as the Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited Kabul on Monday, where he meet President Ghani.

Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban in departure from Afghan strategy

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the idea of talks with the Taliban after a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan, in an apparent contradiction of his own strategy to end America’s longest foreign war. Trump condemned the militant group for the carnage in Kabul and pledged to “finish what we have to finish”. Trump’s comments suggest he sees a military victory over the Taliban, an outcome that military and diplomatic officials say cannot be achieved with the resources and manpower he has authorized. When he announced an increase in U.S. troops to Afghanistan in August, U.S. officials said the goal was to force the Taliban to negotiate a political settlement.

Trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan drops

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Bilateral trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan has dropped by almost 2 billion US dollars.
Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) President Zahidullah Shinwari said the trade volume between the two countries was $2.5 billion as he blamed the strained relations between Kabul and Islamabad behind the reducing trade volume between the two countries. Tensions between Kabul and Islamabad remains because the two countries blame each other of no fight against terrorist group. Furthermore, the Afghan government is searching for alternative routes to gain access to international markets to boost trade as the key Chabahar Port in Iran started operations during the recent months besides Kabul and New Delhi have launched the air corridor to help Afghan traders gain access to international markets.

Ghani calls on Pakistan to engage in peace dialogue, eliminate terrorism

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“We now have an opportunity for a dialogue with our neighbours on how we can work together earnestly to eliminate terrorism and contain extremism. Now, we call on all of our neighbours, near and far, to join us through the Kabul process in our comprehensive quest for peace and regional stability. I call upon Pakistan to engage with us on a comprehensive state-to-state dialogue on peace, security and regional cooperation leading to prosperity”, Ghani addressed a conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Ghani appealed to the international community to change their perspective regarding Afghanistan’s problem. “For too long, the conflict in Afghanistan has been viewed through the prism of civil war. But this war is not within our soil, it is over our soil”, he said. Ghani also laid emphasis on the Rohingya crisis, Afghanistan’s role in regional counter-terrorism and the renewal on UN institutions.

Pakistan will play its due role for peace in Afghanistan: Asif responds to Ghani’s overture

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Yesterday President Ghani stated that “We are ready for comprehensive political talks: peace with Pakistan is in our national agenda”, going over the last diplomatic difficulties between the two countries. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Saturday that Islamabad is willing to join hands with Kabul to see peace and stability in the region. Diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been rocky in the past few months. The relationship between the two hyphenated neighbours has been on downward slide since an uptick in Taliban violence in Afghanistan. In July last year, President Ghani had said that the peace initiatives taken by Kabul with Islamabad were not successful as the latter differentiated between good and bad terrorists “in practice”.

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