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Abdullah Abdullah’s role in gov’t if reached to agreement with Arg

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(Last Updated On: May 11, 2020)

According to a source close to President Ghani, Abdullah will be appointed head of the reconciliation council if Sapidar wins an agreement with Arg.
The source, on condition of anonymity, told Ariana News that the decision would be made on a majority of votes, noting that Abdullah’s current deputies will be promoted as the deputies to the council.
Moreover, some sources close to the presidential palace said the two leaders were getting closer to winning an agreement.
Ariana News has dug into some of the articles of the coming-soon agreement read as follows.
• Abdullah Abdullah as Head of the Reconciliation Council
• His current deputies to be promoted as deputies of the council
• The Reconciliation Council will have two committees and a general assembly
• The State Ministry of Peace will answer to the Reconciliation Council
• Abdullah will not be a member of the cabinet or the National Security Council
• He will not have the authority to appoint or dismiss seats
• A high council of state will be created to act advisory
• The Reconciliation Council will lead the negotiating team
• The council will have more than two deputies
• After the result, the national council makes the final decision
• Abdullah’s men will be present at the cabinet-level

It is worth mentioning that the marshal’s rank requested for Gen Dostum has not been finalized but four tribal leaders are likely to be honored.
In addition, Abdullah’s team insists on the Interior Ministry and some other key ministries, but no agreement has been made yet.
Notably, Abdullah’s men will be cabinet members, but the team will not be authorized to interfere in other layers.
The date for the signing of the agreement has not yet been revealed, and Abdullah has not commented on the matter so far.

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97 people wounded after train derails in Egypt

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Ninety-seven people were injured on Sunday (April 18) when four train carriages derailed in Egypt’s Qalioubia province north of Cairo, the health ministry said in a statement.

Two security sources and local media reported that several people had been killed in the accident, but there was no official confirmation.

Officials did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

The train was heading from Cairo to the Nile Delta city of Mansoura and derailed at 13.54 local time (11:54 GMT), about 40 kilometres north of Cairo, Egyptian National Railways said in a short statement.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, it added.

More than 50 ambulances took the injured to three hospitals in the province, the health ministry said.

The derailing is the latest of several recent railway crashes in Egypt. At least 20 people were killed and nearly 200 were injured in March when two trains collided near Tahta, about 440 km (275 miles) south of Cairo.

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Eight family members killed during Tarawih prayers in Nangarhar

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Eight members of a family were killed by unknown armed men during Tarawih prayers in eastern Nangarhar province, sources said Sunday.

According to the sources, the incident took place inside a mosque in the Saracha Alikhan area in PD9 of the provincial capital Jalalabad city on Saturday evening.

At least eight members of a family were killed and one more wounded in the shooting, sources added.

So far, the motives behind the attack are not cleared.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, however, stated that the incident happened due to personal dispute over land.

Khogyani added that police have begun investigations.

So far, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Foreign envoys trying to persuade Taliban to attend Turkey Conference

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Sources from the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) said on Sunday that envoys from the United Nations, U.S, Turkey, and Qatar in Doha are trying to convince the Taliban to attend the upcoming Istanbul Conference.

Following the announcement that all foreign troops will be out of Afghanistan by September and not May 1 as per the US-Taliban agreement signed in February last year, the Taliban said it will not participate in any conference on Afghanistan’s future until there has been a full withdrawal of all foreign forces.

On Sunday, Hajji Din Mohammad, the deputy head of the HCNR said UN and US envoys “have no meeting with us [Afghan delegation], they have put in efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Turkey.”

“Taliban believe that the Doha deal has been violated by the US and therefore, they will not participate in any meeting,” said Mawalwi Qalamuddin, a politician.

The HCNR meanwhile said that they are working to finalize their list of participants for the Istanbul Conference.

“Preparations have been made for the Istanbul Conference and the agenda will be finalized soon,” said Faridon Khawzon, a spokesman for the HCNR.

Analysts however believe that the opportunity for peace will be missed if the Taliban does not attend the Istanbul Conference.

“The Taliban and government should try their best to reach peace, and should not miss this opportunity,” said Aziz Maharaj, an international relations analyst.

The HCNR says that Afghan negotiators are in contact with the Taliban in Doha to discuss related issues about peace.

Mohammad Naeem, the group’s Qatar-based spokesman announced last week that the group would not attend the Turkey Conference until all troops had left.

“Until all foreign forces completely withdraw from our homeland, the Islamic Emirate will not participate in any conference that shall make decisions about Afghanistan,” Naeem tweeted.

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