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Doha Conference: Taliban Promise to Reduce Violence

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(Last Updated On: July 9, 2019)

The Afghan delegates and Taliban representatives who attended the two-day Intra-Afghan Dialogue Conference on Peace in Doha, the capital of Qatar, have ended the talks with ‘the two sides urging to reduce violence’ in the war-weary country.

The Taliban agreed to reduce violence by stopping attacks on “schools, education centers, religious centers, hospitals, markets, water dams, and other working locations.”

A joint committee consists of six delegates from Kabul and three representatives of the Taliban issued a joint declaration at the end of the conference late on Monday night.

The declaration which includes eight key points has considered the Doha Intra-Afghan Conference as a major step towards preventing civilian casualties in the long-term war in Afghanistan.

According to the declaration, the two sides have agreed on the following points:

    1. Consensus on all-inclusive Afghan negotiations to achieve a sustainable, inclusive and just peace.
    2. As Afghanistan is a common house for All Afghans, all citizens are committed to a united and Islamic country and the independence of the country.
    3. Preserving Islamic system in the country. Afghanistan shall not witness another war; the international community, regional and internal elements shall respect Afghans’ values accordingly.
    4. In order to facilitate effective intra-Afghan talks to achieve peace, the fighting parties must prevent threats, revenge and should use soft words in their official statements.
    5. To keep the people safe from the war and its consequences and to build a trusted environment for peace the following steps should be taken:
      • Unconditional release of elder, disabled and ill prisoners.
      • Ensuring the safety of public institutions including schools, madrassas, hospitals, markets, water dams, and workplaces across the country.
      • Ensuring Protection educational institutions.
      • Commitment for protecting the dignity of the people, their life and property and minimize civilian casualties to zero.
    6. Assuring that women’s rights are ensured in political, social, economic, educational and cultural areas within the framework of the Islamic values.
    7. Agreeing on a roadmap for peace based on the following conditions
      • Consensus Islamic system in the country.
      • Start of the peace process simultaneously as all conditions are set.
      • Monitoring of the peace agreement.
      • Required reforms and support of basic institutions, defense, and other institutions which are belonged to all Afghans.
      • Repatriation of migrants and return of internally displaced people.
      • Support and assistance from donor countries for a peace agreement based on the new cooperation and relations.
      • Afghanistan’s peace agreement shall be approved at an international conference.
      • An assurance on zero interference from regional and other countries in Afghanistan’s affairs.
    8. We urge the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the United Nations, the European Union, and Afghanistan’s neighboring countries to approve and support the joint declaration of the Intra-Afghan Dialogue Conference on Peace in Doha.

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AIB takes delivery of 6th cash aid package from UN

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(Last Updated On: January 24, 2022)

The sixth transfer of humanitarian aid in US dollars from the United Nations has arrived in Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Bank said on Monday.

The aid, totaling $32 million, was immediately handed over to the Afghanistan International Bank (AIB) on Sunday.

Da Afghanistan Bank, the central bank, has thanked the UN for its assistance in helping to overcome the current economic crisis in the country.

Last month the United Nations announced it would provide $20 million a week in cash as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan by the end of March this year to save the banking system from running out of cash.

The Central Bank of Afghanistan announced four days ago that it had also received the fifth package of $32 million in cash from the United Nations.

After the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the United States froze nearly $10 billion in foreign reserves belonging to Afghanistan.

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IEA wraps up first day of talks with Norwegian authorities

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(Last Updated On: January 24, 2022)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said on Monday members of their delegation, led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, to Norway met with Norwegian officials on Sunday and discussed issues related to the current situation in the country.

According to a statement issued by the (IEA), “a one-day joint meeting was held between officials of the acting Afghan government and a number of personalities in Oslo, the capital of the Kingdom of Norway”.

“During the meeting, the participants listened patiently to each others’ opinions and exchanged views on the current situation in the country.

“They affirmed that Afghanistan is the shared home of all Afghans, and stressed that all Afghans need to work together for the political, economic and security prosperity of the country.

 “The participants of the meeting recognized that understanding and joint cooperation are the only solutions to all the problems of Afghanistan,” read the statement.

The IEA also said all participants declared such meetings to be in the interest of the country.

Speaking at the end of the first day of talks, IEA delegate Shafiullah Azam told The Associated Press that the meetings with Western officials were “a step to legitimize (the) Afghan government,” adding that “this type of invitation and communication will help (the) European community, (the) U.S. or many other countries to erase the wrong picture of the Afghan government.”

Norway’s Foreign Ministry meanwhile said in a statement last week that Afghan representatives have been invited to Oslo from  23-25 January to meet Norwegian authorities, the international community, and other Afghans.

The statement noted that the meetings do not represent a legitimization or recognition of the IEA “but the de facto authorities must be talked with so that we prevent political situation leading to a worse humanitarian disaster”.

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Pakistan’s PM renews call for humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 23, 2022)

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday reiterated calls for the international community to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

Khan said in a tweet that under the UN Principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P), it was obligatory to help protect people from the mass-scale humanitarian crisis left in the wake of a prolonged conflict.

“Right now millions of Afghan people are in danger of starvation,” he said adding it was the “duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance.”

UN agencies have warned that more than 23 million people are at risk of starvation if aid is not provided.

Earlier this month, the UN agencies launched a call for $4.5 billion in aid for 2022, its biggest-ever international appeal. The US responded with a donation of $308 million to be channeled through independent humanitarian organizations.

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