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U.S. Abrupt Withdrawal from Afghanistan Will Bring ‘Unpleasant Consequences’

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(Last Updated On: March 4, 2019)

A number of civil society organizations and military experts have warned of Unpleasant Consequences if the United States abruptly withdraw from Afghanistan.

The U.S. and the Taliban officials engaged in at least five round of talks on Afghanistan to each into a political settlement in the war-torn country.

Withdrawal of the U.S. troops and preventing Afghanistan from being used against other countries have been the two key issues being discussed in the ongoing U.S.-Taliban talks in Qatar.  Both sides yet to reach into a final agreement.

Some Afghan military experts warned that Afghanistan condition will get worse if the U.S. abruptly leave Afghanistan.

“If foreign forces don’t properly equip the Afghan forces and leave Afghanistan, it will be harmful to Afghanistan,” said Mohammad a military expert and former government official.

The Taliban officials have repeatedly said that they will not rule Afghanistan alone this time and that will not re-impose the strict laws of pre-2001. 

However, civil society organizations said that there is no guarantee that the Taliban will turn the country back.

 “We don’t feel that the Taliban are honest in the peace process. They [the Taliban] are still not ready to lay down their arms and reconsider their activities,” said Mohammad Naim Nazari, head of Civil Society and Human Rights Network.

As the U.S.-Taliban talks continue in Doha, the Interior Ministry, meanwhile, said that the Afghan security forces are able to maintain the security and defend the country, in case of U.S. pullout.

He stressed the Afghan forces have taken the security responsibilities from the coalition forces since 2014 and that are shown the capability of defending the country.

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AIB takes delivery of 6th cash aid package from UN

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(Last Updated On: January 24, 2022)

The sixth transfer of humanitarian aid in US dollars from the United Nations has arrived in Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Bank said on Monday.

The aid, totaling $32 million, was immediately handed over to the Afghanistan International Bank (AIB) on Sunday.

Da Afghanistan Bank, the central bank, has thanked the UN for its assistance in helping to overcome the current economic crisis in the country.

Last month the United Nations announced it would provide $20 million a week in cash as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan by the end of March this year to save the banking system from running out of cash.

The Central Bank of Afghanistan announced four days ago that it had also received the fifth package of $32 million in cash from the United Nations.

After the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the United States froze nearly $10 billion in foreign reserves belonging to Afghanistan.

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IEA wraps up first day of talks with Norwegian authorities

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(Last Updated On: January 24, 2022)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said on Monday members of their delegation, led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, to Norway met with Norwegian officials on Sunday and discussed issues related to the current situation in the country.

According to a statement issued by the (IEA), “a one-day joint meeting was held between officials of the acting Afghan government and a number of personalities in Oslo, the capital of the Kingdom of Norway”.

“During the meeting, the participants listened patiently to each others’ opinions and exchanged views on the current situation in the country.

“They affirmed that Afghanistan is the shared home of all Afghans, and stressed that all Afghans need to work together for the political, economic and security prosperity of the country.

 “The participants of the meeting recognized that understanding and joint cooperation are the only solutions to all the problems of Afghanistan,” read the statement.

The IEA also said all participants declared such meetings to be in the interest of the country.

Speaking at the end of the first day of talks, IEA delegate Shafiullah Azam told The Associated Press that the meetings with Western officials were “a step to legitimize (the) Afghan government,” adding that “this type of invitation and communication will help (the) European community, (the) U.S. or many other countries to erase the wrong picture of the Afghan government.”

Norway’s Foreign Ministry meanwhile said in a statement last week that Afghan representatives have been invited to Oslo from  23-25 January to meet Norwegian authorities, the international community, and other Afghans.

The statement noted that the meetings do not represent a legitimization or recognition of the IEA “but the de facto authorities must be talked with so that we prevent political situation leading to a worse humanitarian disaster”.

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Pakistan’s PM renews call for humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 23, 2022)

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday reiterated calls for the international community to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

Khan said in a tweet that under the UN Principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P), it was obligatory to help protect people from the mass-scale humanitarian crisis left in the wake of a prolonged conflict.

“Right now millions of Afghan people are in danger of starvation,” he said adding it was the “duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance.”

UN agencies have warned that more than 23 million people are at risk of starvation if aid is not provided.

Earlier this month, the UN agencies launched a call for $4.5 billion in aid for 2022, its biggest-ever international appeal. The US responded with a donation of $308 million to be channeled through independent humanitarian organizations.

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