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Atmar Talks with Noor after End of Balkh Leadership Dispute

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(Last Updated On: April 7, 2018)

National Security Advisor, Mohammad Haneef Atmar spoke with Atta Mohammad Noor the Chief Executive of Jamiat –e-Islami and former governor of Balkh province in a phone call on Friday evening, following the government’s agreement with Noor to end months of dispute over Balkh leadership.

According to the Office of the National Security Council’s statement, Atmar praised Atta Mohammad Noor for his services and achievements.

Atmar said that Noor has taken sensible and right decisions as the country was going through a critical situation.

The National Security Advisor added that he respects Noor for being one of the country’s political leaders. “I appreciate and consider his political role important in improving and stabilizing the system,” Atmar said.  

 Thanking Atmar for his phone call, Noor said that he has always served the country and making efforts to preserving the interests of the people.

Noor, meanwhile said that he is supporting the system and committed to empower and improve it.

This comes as Noor and the government have reached on an agreement to end the impasse of Balkh leadership, following months of dispute between the two sides.

Months ago, Presidential Palace (ARG) has announced that Noor had submitted his resignation and that it was approved by the president.

However, Noor had refused to step down and insisted that the resignation letter was handed over during the negotiations with President Ghani as guarantee to resign once his and Jamiat’s demands were addressed by the government.

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Russia’s Putin won’t attend G20 summit in person

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(Last Updated On: October 19, 2021)

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the G20 summit in Rome in person this month, but will take part via video link, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Kremlin said Putin informed Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi about his plans in a telephone call during which they also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and bilateral issues.

This comes after the United Sates announced that will not join international talks on Afghanistan organized by Russia this week due to logistical reasons, but is open to participating in the future, the State Department said on Monday.

Moscow is hosting talks on Wednesday with officials from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), China and Pakistan, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special representative was quoted as saying last week.

“We will not participate in the Moscow talks. The Troika-plus has been an effective, a constructive forum. We look forward to engaging in that forum going forward, but we’re not in a position to take part this week,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.

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IEA Council of Ministers meet to discuss numerous issues

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(Last Updated On: October 19, 2021)

A meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) was held on Monday at the Presidential Palace in Kabul under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, Zabiullah Mujahid, the deputy minister of information and culture said in a statement.

The meeting was followed by a report back on the economic activities carried out by the Deputy Prime Minister, Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi, read the statement.

According to the IEA the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Mottaqi also provided information on important issues related to foreign trips and meetings with foreign representatives.

During the meeting necessary decisions were also taken on some important issues, Mujahid said.

A delegation was also formed from the agencies of Nadir Pakhtun Markets, in Kabul, and for mining. These were tasked to discuss in principle the modalities of starting construction work as soon as possible and submit plans in order for the implementation of the plans, the statement said.

Also higher education officials were instructed to take serious steps to standardize the affairs of universities and urged the officials of private universities to attract students to the relevant faculties after obtaining the necessary legal licenses.

Meanwhile, in order to control and organize the affairs of NGOs, the relevant commissions were tasked to evaluate the course of affairs, the activities of which should be tailored to the interests of the country in all respects and in accordance with the policies of the Islamic Emirate.

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India plans to send food to Afghanistan

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India plans to send food and medical aid to Afghanistan amid warnings that the nation could face a catastrophic famine this winter.

India is considering options to transport 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and medical aid to Afghanistan. This, however, will be subject to Pakistan’s approval.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for “urgent and unhindered” humanitarian assistance to Afghan citizens.

Speaking at the G20 summit on Afghanistan, Modi had noted that the Afghan people have a great feeling of friendship for India and that every Indian feels the pain of Afghan people facing hunger and malnutrition.

Meanwhile, UN World Food Programme (WFP) had earlier said it is in touch with India to donate wheat to Afghanistan.

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