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Russia Reacts to Media Reports about Moscow Supporting Taliban

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Russia strongly reacts to media reports about alleged financial and logistical support of the Taliban by Moscow and calls it “groundless accusations”.

“It is surprising that statesmen, deputies and high-ranking police officers based on rumors and conjectures and without providing the public any evidence allow themselves to publicly make irresponsible accusations against Russia in financing and supporting terrorism,” Russian embassy in Kabul said in a statement on Sunday.

The statement also rejects remarks by Afghan parliamentarian regarding the visit of the Russian military delegation with the Pakistani military to North Waziristan.

They also firmly reject the notion the delegation was visiting Taliban training camps in the region.

Recently, top U.S. generals and Afghan officials have accused Russia for providing aid to the Taliban in Afghanistan in an effort to undermine the United States.

But Moscow emphasizes that the U.S. intelligence agency which is equipped with the latest technology has been unable to submit any evidence to prove the claim of Russia support to the Taliban.

“It is strange that no photo or video material has been submitted so far,” the embassy statement added.

Russia says it sees “a staged campaign of the so-called black PR people” behind these allegations which aims “to distract public from the failure of their own employers and divert attention to a non-existence enemy”.

This comes as earlier Russia has confirmed contacts with the Taliban insurgent group, adding that the contacts aimed at inviting the group to the negotiating table.

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Clash between Afghan and Iranian forces was a misunderstanding: Mujahid

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Clashes between Iran’s border forces and Afghanistan’s Islamic Emirate (IEA) forces in Nimroz province have ended and were attributed to a “border misunderstanding”, IEA officials said on Thursday.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, said that a clash broke out between Afghan and Iranian security forces in the border area of Kang district in Nimroz province on Wednesday, but has now been brought under control by both sides.

He added that in order to prevent a recurrence, IEA officials have given the necessary guidance.

The IEA also said that no casualties were reported by either side.

Although the Iranian government has had generally good relations with the IEA, there have been longstanding tensions along the border, which has active smuggling routes and thousands of refugees crossing every day, Reuters reported.

The Afghan foreign ministry meanwhile said on Thursday that the dispute along the border in Kang district, “ended with the efforts of border officials, and efforts will be made to prevent such incidents from happening again”.

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IEA delegation hold talks with envoys from 16 countries in Doha

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan(IEA) delegation led by Afghan acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Wednesday met in Doha with 16 designated ambassadors and representatives for Afghanistan to discuss security, humanitarian, economic, political, and health issues.

Spokesman for the foreign ministry, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, said that during the meeting all sides appreciated the progress made around security, but stated Afghanistan urgently needed more humanitarian aid and health assistance.

“The IEA assured them of security, pledged to cooperate in delivering aid and called on all countries to reopen their embassies in Kabul to assess realities from up close and to open a new chapter of positive relations,” Balkhi tweeted.

According to Balkhi, representatives of the following countries attended the meeting: Germany, Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Italy, South Korea, EU Commission, Spain, US, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Australia, UK, and Japan.

Meanwhile, Balkhi said that in a separate meeting Muttaqi met with Indonesian ambassador Ridwan Hassan in Doha to discuss bilateral cooperation and political issues.
At the meeting the Indonesian ambassador showed willingness to cooperate regarding Afghanistan’s political and humanitarian situation, adding the two countries should have close relations.

The ambassador also expressed optimism about reopening the Indonesian embassy in Kabul soon, Balkhi said.

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World Bank backs using $280 million in frozen aid funds for Afghanistan

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The World Bank’s board has backed transferring $280 million from a frozen trust fund to two aid agencies to help Afghanistan cope with a brewing humanitarian crisis after the U.S. withdrawal, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

The 31 donors to the World Bank-administered Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) must approve the transfer before the funds could flow to the World Food Programme and UNICEF, the sources said. The donors were expected to meet on Friday, Reuters reported.

The World Bank board met informally on Tuesday to discuss transferring up to $500 million of the $1.5 billion in the ARTF to humanitarian aid agencies, people familiar with the plan previously told Reuters.

Afghanistan’s 39 million people face a collapsing economy, a winter of food shortages and growing poverty three months after the Taliban seized power as the last U.S. troops withdrew from 20 years of war.

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