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Saikal Calls for Serious Fight Against Terrorist Safe Havens

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Afghanistan representative to the United Nations, Mahmoud Saikal has called for serious fight against terrorist hideouts.

At the UN General Assembly Debate on Implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, Saikal noted that, in recent years, the scale and scope of terrorism had expanded worldwide, moving across borders, regions and continents.

“The enemies of humanity are still terrorizing communities,” he stressed, underscoring that “no country is more familiar with terrorism than my country”.

Saikal said terror and bloodshed is a frequent occurrence in Afghanistan, propagated by terrorist safe havens and sanctuaries in the region.

“Our people and our security forces will never allow the enemies of peace in our country to disrupt our journey towards peace, stability and development,” he said. “We will continue our longstanding struggle against this menace with fortitude and commitment. In this context, we look to our international partners, including the UN to continue to stand beside us in our shared endeavor.”

India’s representative has also called for early conclusion of the Comprehensive Convention for Combating International Terrorism.

“Developing a comprehensive global response ought to be our highest priority,” he said, stressing the need for an early conclusion of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, which would reflect the unwavering common commitment to cooperate in combating terrorism. “Imagination and integration remain two of our major shortcomings,” Syed Akbaruddin, India’s envoy said.

Pakistan said has been failed to eliminate the terrorism roots despite spending millions of dollars.

” he international community had invested billions of dollars over the past decade to fight terrorism, it had not been able to eliminate its root causes. In order to comprehensively combat terrorism, the scourge could not be separated from its political context. In that regard, the Strategy remained the main document to best meet the technical requirements of States,” said Mr. Ahmed, Pakistan envoy to UN.

This comes as all speakers in General Assembly urge head of new counter-terrorism office to strengthen United Nations system coordination towards preventing and ending menace.

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Blinken discusses situation with Abdullah, reiterates US’s support

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Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State spoke on the phone Thursday with Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), and reiterated Washington’s commitment to seek a just and durable political settlement that ends the war in Afghanistan.

“They discussed ways to accelerate peace negotiations and achieve a political settlement that is inclusive, respects the rights of all Afghans, including women and minorities, allows the Afghan people to have a say in choosing their leaders, and prevents Afghan soil from being used to threaten the United States and its allies and partners,” the US State Department said in a statement.

“Both leaders deplored continuing Taliban attacks, loss of innocent Afghan lives and displacement of the civilian population, and underscored the widespread international condemnation of these attacks,” read the statement.

State Department spokesperson, Ned Price said later that Blinken and Abdullah pledged to remain in close contact going forward.

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Taliban looking to seize control of at least one province: Dostum

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Former first vice president, Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum said on Thursday that Taliban have accelerated their efforts to seize control of at least one province in the country.

According to Dostum, Herat, Takhar, Jawzjan, Kandahar, and Helmand are the provinces of choice that the Taliban is hoping to have control over.

However, security forces and uprising forces have repelled attacks on these provinces, he said adding however, that the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating.

“Enemy is attempting to seize [total control] of one of the five provinces, Jawzjan, Herat, Helmand, Takhar, or Kandahar,” said Dostum.

He said he has held consultations with politicians in Kabul and will soon launch an operation against the Taliban in northern Afghanistan.

“The current situation calls for a meeting and measures need to be taken. It is not a small plot, but needs a plan [that’s agreed to] with other politicians,” said Dostum.

Dostum welcomed the establishment and actions around the uprising forces who are supporting the security forces against the Taliban, and said these civilian fighters are voluntarily making huge sacrifices in the north of Afghanistan.

“The uprising forces resisted[attacks]; I have said many times that it is not the time to seek privileges. We should trust each other,” said Dostum.

Dostum is a controversial figure in Afghanistan but is seen by many as a capable and fierce military leader who regularly leads troops into battle.

Aged 67, Dostum is from Jawzjan province and is regarded in some circles to be both one of the most powerful and most notorious warlords in the country.

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Ghani meets with Iran’s president-elect ahead of inauguration

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President Ashraf Ghani met with Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, President-elect of Iran, in Tehran early Thursday, the Presidential Palace (ARG) said in a statement.

The meeting was also attended by Second Vice President Sarwar Danish, Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar and a number of other high-ranking Afghan government officials.

During the meeting, both sides discussed the expansion of cooperation and relations between the two countries.

The President-elect of Iran stressed the continued support for the Government of Afghanistan and the efforts for a regional consensus for peace.

He also expressed his support for the people of Afghanistan to preserve the republic and its past achievements.

“We support a system in which the rights of all Afghan citizens, including minorities, are protected, and our neighbors, especially Afghanistan, have a high position in our foreign policy,” Raisi said.

In turn, Ghani thanked Iran for its assistance and cooperation in various fields and stressed the need for joint economic cooperation and the expansion of relations between the two countries.

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