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NO Agreement Until A Deal On Everything: US Envoy

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(Last Updated On: July 3, 2019)

The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met with the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass on Wednesday in Kabul, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said in a statement.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the Afghan peace process and the upcoming presidential elections.

“The US Ambassador expressed hope that the seventh round of negotiations between US Officials and Taliban representatives in Qatar would have desired results and be a starting point for Intra-Afghan Dialogue,” the statement said.

According to the MoFA statement, Ambassador Bass has stated that his country emphasizes reaching agreement on all four key issues in the Doha Talks and there will be no agreement o single issue until there is a deal on everything.

Minister Rabbani has also briefed the U.S. Ambassador on his recent trip to Germany and his discussions with German officials about their role in the peace process, the statement added.

This comes as the U.S. and Taliban negotiators are holding the final rounds of talks in Qatar.

In addition, an intra-Afghan meeting hosted by Germany and Qatar is also set to be held in Doha on July 7-8.

More than 60 politicians have been invited to the conference in Doha.

Taliban confirmed their participation but the Afghan government said it will not have a representative at the meeting.

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Mastermind behind deadly ANDSF base attack in Ghazni killed

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The Afghan Ministry of Defense said Monday that the mastermind behind Sunday’s attack on an ANDSF base in Dah-Yak in Ghazni province was killed in an airstrike in the Giro district.

“Hamza Waziristani, the mastermind behind the attack on ANDSF base in Ghazni province was killed along with seven others in an airstrike in Giro district on Sunday night,” the MoD said in a statement.

According to the statement, during the strike a large amount of weapons and ammunition were also destroyed.

No more details were provided by the ministry.

This comes after a Humvee full of explosives was detonated close to a public protection unit in PD3 of Ghazni city.

Ghazni governor’s spokesman Wahidullah Jumazadah said that at least 10 soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded in the bombing.

According to him, no civilians were injured in the incident.

But health officials reported that at least 21 security force members have been killed and 17 others wounded.

Meanwhile, citing public health department officials from Ghazni, CNN reported Monday that at least 40 Afghan soldiers had been killed.

Health officials also said the blast targeted a compound of the public protection force, a wing of the Afghan security forces, which damaged civilian residences around the compound. They said there could be more casualties from there.

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Sweet rewards for Nangarhar’s beekeepers

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Nangarhar beekeepers have so far this year produced about 500 tons of honey, making it the province with the highest yield across the country.

With its favorable climate, where temperatures seldom drop below freezing, about 600 Nangarhar honey farmers have in total between 35,000 and 40,000 bee colonies collectively.

Not only does this sector produce about 500 tons of honey a year currently but it also provides job opportunities to around 2,000 people.

Nangarhar agriculture department officials say between 22 and 30 different types of bees are used to produce honey in the province.

Honey farming has become increasingly popular in the province over the past few years and beekeepers say the sweet treat helps provide them with a fairly decent wage which covers their basic needs.

One kilogram of Nangarhar honey sells on local markets for between 250 and 500 Afghanis – but it’s also sold in other provinces around the country.

In a bid to support and boost the sector, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAIL) has established the Association of Honey Producers, which aims to connect industry stakeholders including government, institutions, beekeepers and other supply chain entities.

The association also aims to help beekeepers increase production so as to further develop the sector.

According to officials of the Nangarhar Honey Producers Association, the province’s honey is sold in different provinces of the country, and currently there are active representatives in Helmand, Balkh, Kabul and Herat provinces.

The Association of Honey Producers of Nangarhar Province has also created five honey processing plants in the province.

Apart from Nangarhar, other honey producing provinces include Badakhshan, Takhar, Balkh, Helmand, Panjshir, Parwan, Kapisa, Ghazni and Herat provinces.

Mountainous areas, with clean air, covered with natural plants and flowers, are considered suitable places for beekeepers and honey farmers.

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Obe district police chief killed in Taliban attack

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The district police chief for Obe was killed in a Taliban attack on Monday morning, local officials confirmed.

Police said that Mohammad Rafiq Alokozai, police chief of Obe district in Herat province, was killed in a Taliban ambush in the district.

So far no further details have been released.

Meanwhile, Abdul Basir Nuristani, head of the ANA’s 3rd infantry brigade in Badghis, was also killed last night in a Taliban mortar attack.

Local officials said that a mortar landed in the army compound and that 11 other soldiers were also wounded.

No group including the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

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