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IEA announces 27 new appointments to key positions

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Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials on Monday announced the names of 27 people who have been appointed to key positions within the new government.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the IEA, said the men had been appointed to the posts by order of Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the IEA’s leader.

According to a list posted on Twitter by Mujahid, Mawlavi Shahabuddin Delavar has been named as acting minister of mines and petroleum, and Mullah Mohammad Abbas Akhund has been named as acting minister of disaster management.

In addition, twenty-five others have been appointed as deputy ministers, corps commanders and heads of independent departments.

The new appointments are as follows:

• Mawlavi Shahabuddin Delavar, Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum

• Haji Mullah Mohammad Esa Akhund, Deputy Minister of Mines and Petroleum

• Mullah Mohammad Abbas Akhund, Acting Minister of Disaster Management

• Mawlavi Sharafuddin, Deputy Minister of Disaster Management

• Mawlavi Enayatullah, Deputy Minister of Disaster Management

• Mawlavi Hamdullah Zahed, head of the National Procurement Department

• Sheikh Abdul Rahim, Deputy Director of the National Procurement Department

• Mawlavi Qodratullah Jamal, Head of the Supreme Audit Office

• Mawlavi Ezatullah, Deputy Chief of the Supreme Audit Office

• Mawlavi Mohammad Yousef Mastari, Acting Director of Prisons

• Mullah Habibullah Fazli, Deputy Director of Prison Affairs

• Mawlavi Keramatullah Akhundzadah, head of the Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission

• Mawlavi Ahmad Taha, Deputy Minister of Borders and Tribes

• Mawlavi Gul Zarin, head of the nomads at the Ministry of Borders and Tribes

• Sheikh Mawlavi Abdul Hakim, Deputy Minister of Martyrs and the Disabled

• Mawlavi Saeed Ahmad Shahidkhel, Deputy Minister of Education

• Mawlavi Abdul Rahman Halim, Deputy Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development

• Mawlavi Atiqullah Azizi, Deputy Minister of Finance and Administration of the Ministry of Information and Culture

• Mullah Faizullah Akhund, Deputy Minister of Youth, Ministry of Information and Culture

• Mawlavi Saifuddin Tayeb, Deputy Director of Communications

• Mawlavi Fathullah Mansour, head of Kandahar airport

• Mohammad Ismail, Executive Commander of the Military Court

• Mawlavi Esmatullah Asim, the deputy of the Red Cross

• Mawlavi Rahimullah Mahmoud, Deputy Commander of the Al-Badar Corps in Kandahar

• Mawlavi Abdul Samad, Deputy Commander of Azam Corps in Helmand

• Mullah Nasser Akhund, Deputy Minister of Finance

• Mawlavi Arefullah Aref, Deputy Minister of Energy and Water

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Three Russian aircraft with humanitarian aid arrive in Kabul

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Three Russian aircraft landed in Kabul on Wednesday carrying 36 tonnes of humanitarian aid, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.

All three Russian Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft, involved in delivering humanitarian aid to Afghanistan would also evacuate Russian citizens, as well as citizens of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states, Russia’s Defense Ministry, said in a statement.

“Some three Ilyushin Il-76 strategic airlifters of the Russian Defense Ministry have delivered humanitarian aid to the Kabul airport and are boarding evacuees for departure from Afghanistan,” the statement read.

A total of over 380 Russians, citizens of the CSTO member states (mainly Kyrgyzstan), and Afghan students from Russian universities will fly out on the departing planes, the ministry said.

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India considers re-opening mission in Afghanistan

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As countries slowly start reopening their embassies in Kabul, India is also reportedly considering the possibility of re-staffing its mission in Afghanistan.

So far, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan all have a diplomatic presence in the country.

Japan and the EU have also discussed the possibility of returning to Afghanistan.

One senior Indian official told The Hindu on Wednesday that “establishing a presence in Afghanistan has nothing to do with recognition [of the IEA government]. It simply means that you would like to have people on the ground dealing with the new regime, to continue engagement with the people.”

He said the Modi government is not convinced about the need to re-open its mission, but that discussions are continuing on what India’s strategy should be, The Hindu reported.

At present, the Indian Embassy in Kabul, which was evacuated within two days of the IEA talking control, is intact and being guarded by IEA forces.

While calls from within the country to reopen grow, officials told The Hindu that much depends on what India’s other partners and friendly countries choose to do.

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Saudi Arabia reopens consular section of embassy in Kabul

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Saudi Arabia announced that it has reopened the consular section of its embassy in Kabul as of Tuesday in order to provide consular services to Afghan citizens.

This latest move has been welcomed by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA).

“We welcome them, appreciate this profound step by the Saudi government and view it as start of good relations,” said Abdul Qahar Balkhi, spokesman for the foreign ministry.

According to Balkhi a 14-member diplomatic team from Saudi Arabia returned to Kabul on Tuesday, and resumed consular activities.

This comes after the UAE recently reopened its embassy in Kabul.

Zabihullah Mujahid, IEA deputy minister and spokesman announced last week that the reopening of the UAE embassy was a “good step.”

The UAE was one of only a few country’s that recognized the IEA government in the 1990s, along with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Last week Takashi Okada, Japan’s ambassador to Afghanistan, said his country has also decided to reopen its embassy in Kabul after the new government ensured Tokyo of its security.

Enamullah Samangani, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s deputy spokesman said that Takashi Okada raised the issue during a meeting with Abdul Kabir, the IEA’s political deputy prime minister in Kabul.

According to him, the Japanese ambassador to Afghanistan has said that his country continues to support the Afghan people and is ready to work with the IEA on this issue.

Since taking power in mid-August, the IEA has repeatedly called on foreign countries to reopen their embassies after most missions evacuated staff and closed their doors during the chaos that surrounded the US troops withdrawal process.

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