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Terrorism Requires Global Solutions: Rabani

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foreign-minister-attend-the-17th-summit-of-non-aligned-movement-in-venzuela-mainAfghan Foreign Minister, Salahuddin Rabbani who headed Afghanistan delegation and attended at the 17th Non-Alignment Movement Summit in Margarita Island of Venezuela has delivered his speech; Calling terrorism an evil force and said we witness a sharp rise in terrorist threat across the world.

“We have seen the horrors of terror and violence peak to new levels, preying on innocent people across the globe – irrespective of their nationality, culture or religion,” said Foreign minister Saluhuddin Rabani.

The foreign minister stressed on a global solution for elimination of terror threats.

“We are facing a global threat that requires a global solution, enabled through greater cooperation. The people of Afghanistan continue their long-standing struggle against this evil force with firm conviction and determination.  Afghanistan will never succumb to any endeavor, aimed at our insecurity and instability,” Noted Saluhuddin Rabani.

He urged the countries of the world to make further efforts on counter-terrorism.

“We call on concerned States to meet their international counter-terrorism obligations, in good faith,” Rabani said.

Rabani also emphasized on continuation of National Unity Government efforts in brining security and economic reforms.

“The National Unity Government has been adamantly engaged in implementing a robust package of security, economic and governance reforms, under the banner of “Realizing Self-Reliance,” to solidify governance and the rule of law in our institutions and our society. Working in tandem with the international community, Afghanistan is on the path of recovery, stability and Self-Reliance. The up-coming international Brussels Conference on Afghanistan will be an opportunity for us to brief the global community on the positive trajectory of our reform efforts, while our international partners will make new pledges of assistance in support of our Afghan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF),” Foreign minister added.

As the Non-Aligned Movement prepared to meet in Venezuela for its 17th Summit, the founding principles of the anti-colonial and anti-imperialist group seemed more relevant than ever as Western neo-colonial policies continue to affect people around the world.

NAM’s first summit took place in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in June, 1961, kicking off a major anti-imperialist movement that sought to end colonialism and fight against Western domination.

The first Summit was attended by: Afghanistan, Algeria, Yemen, Myanmar, Cambodia, Srilanka, Congo, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yugoslavia.

Its establishment came at a time when the colonial system was in decline and independence struggles raged across Africa, Asia, Latin America and other regions of the world.

Reported by Nazira Karimi

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Afghan MMA fighter defeats his American opponent

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Nasrat Haqparast, an Afghan MMA fighter, defeated his American opponent Alex Munoz in a UFC fight in the United States.

The match was held Saturday in Las Vegas, US.

Haqparast managed to win all three rounds on every scorecard against his rival.

By defeating Alex Munoz, the Afghan fighter has picked up his 12th win in the UFC rings.

Haqparast is the second Afghan who is fighting in the UFC after Siyar Bahadurzada.

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Seven policemen killed in Ghazni Humvee bomb explosion

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At least seven policemen were killed and 16 others wounded in a vehicle bomb explosion in central Ghazni province.

Wahidullah Jumazada, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that an explosive-laden Humvee was detonated at the Public Protection Battalion of Ghazni on Saturday evening.

The incident took place in the Kotal-e-Rawza area, Jumazada said, adding that several gunmen engaged in a gunbattle with Afghan forces following the explosion.

Officials at a Ghazni hospital said so far seven bodies and 14 wounded individuals had been taken to the hospital.

Local officials have not yet provided further details. 

No group or individual including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Afghanistan to release 400 ‘hard-core’ prisoners to start peace talks

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The Loya Jirga, or grand council, on Sunday officially agreed to release 400 Taliban prisoners so as to pave the way for intra-Afghan peace talks. 

The Jirga, made up of 3,200 tribal elders, community leaders and politicians, announced their decision on the third and final day of the gathering. 

“In order to remove an obstacle, allow the start of the peace process and an end of bloodshed, the Loya Jirga approves the release of 400 Taliban,” the assembly said in a resolution.

Within minutes, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said, “Today, I will sign the release order of these 400 prisoners.”

In his closing speech Ghani said: “We have the capacity for peace, and most importantly, we have the moral courage that war is not the solution.”

He said both the people and government of Afghanistan accept the Taliban as a reality but it was now up to the Taliban to prove whether they accept the diversity and unity of Afghanistan or not.

“The Loya Jirga of Afghanistan made history today. The Afghan Loya Jirga wants to end the last 40 years” of war, he said. 

“Great courage is not in war, great courage is in peace,” he added. 

He also said the decision made collectively by the delegates proved it was a sign of the country’s national unity and the people’s belief in the constitution and system of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The release of the 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners has been a stumbling block in the peace talks process over the past few months, following the Doha agreement signed between the US and the Taliban. 

In accordance with the agreement, the Afghan government had to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners. Over 4,600 have been released so far but the final 400, who were listed by the Taliban, has been a sticking point. 

Last week Ghani called for a Loya Jirga to make the decision. 

According to Reuters, talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government will start in Doha this week.

However, Ghani has said that the Taliban must agree to a complete ceasefire before talks can start. 

This latest move comes amid mounting pressure from the United States for Afghanistan and the Taliban to work out a peace deal. 

Ahead of November US elections, Trump is determined to fulfill a major campaign promise of ending America’s longest war.

The drawdown of troops is part of the US’s plan and will bring the number of US troops to “a number less than 5,000” by the end of November, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in an interview broadcast on Saturday.

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