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U.S. Commends Qatar’s Ongoing Support for Peace in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: July 25, 2018)

The U.S. has commended Qatar for its ongoing support for peace in Afghanistan following the meeting between the Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah and the US’s Department of State South and Central Asian Affairs Senior Bureau Official Alice Wells.

The two sides discussed the recent progress in the peace process in Afghanistan and pledged to continue both countries’ efforts towards combating terrorism and promoting peace and regional stability.

In an official statement, Senior Bureau Official Wells welcomed the Qatari government’s support for the ceasefire last month in Afghanistan, and highlighted the deep appreciation of the United States for the Qatari government’s constructive partnership and dedication to Afghanistan.

Earlier, the US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert expressed appreciation and thanks for Qatar’s role in laying the foundation for peace between the parties in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, U.S. ambassador to Kabul, John Bass in an interview with Ariananews said that the United States is the only facilitator for the peace process in the country.

“For this conflict to end and to end peacefully, that requires a conversation among Afghans. Because the solution has to come from within this society and then be supported by the surrounding countries; by the Unites States and by other parts of the coalition,” John Bass said.

This comes as the continuation of peace efforts has always faced challenges with the support of Pakistan from terrorism.

“In fact we continue to maintain our belief that Pakistan needs to do quite a bit more to support the Afghan government’s efforts to deal with the threats posed by the Taliban and the Haqqani network,” U.S. ambassador added.

The representatives of the civil society, tribal figures and religious scholars in Kabul are also bargaining to send a letter to the Taliban representatives’ office in Doha during the Qatar trip.

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Senior Traffic Police official killed – Kapisa

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

An Afghan Traffic Police official was killed by unknown gunmen in Kapisa province on Monday, police confirmed.

Shayiq Shurish, a spokesman for the provincial police told Ariana News that Sayed Munir, head of Kapisa’s traffic department, was shot dead by unknown gunmen at around 8 a.m. Monday.

The incident has taken place in Qala-e-Sayed Khan village in Kapisa city, while Munir was on his way to his office, Shurish said.

He said the motives behind the attack yet to be determined, adding that police have begun investigations. 

So far, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Former Afghan goalkeeper dies of Coronavirus

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

Sadiq Ibrahimi, a former Afghanistan National Football Team’s goalkeeper, passed away on Sunday, his relatives confirmed.

According to his brother, Ibrahimi has died of the Coronavirus.

Ibrahimi was playing for the National Team between 2002 to 2007.

He played for Afghanistan in 2002 Asian competition in South Korea and showed well performance in matches against Bangladesh and Turkmenistan in 2005.

It comes as Ali Reza Ghorbani, a goalkeeper of the National Futsal Team of Afghanistan was also tested positive for COVID-19.

Ghorbani said that he is battling with the Coronavirus, “Corona knocked me down, take is serious.”

So far, 15,205 people in the country have been infected with the virus.

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Da Afghanistan Bank sees increase in gross reserves

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

The gross domestic product (GDP) of the central bank of Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Bank, has reached more than $9 billion for the first time.

Officials at the bank said that although the global aid to Afghanistan has declined, they have succeeded to increase the bank’s reserves.

Economists also underline that the central bank’s efforts will lure global funds.

The bank’s authority has stated that they have, for the first time, been able to increase the GDP to over $9 billion.

According to them, last year about AFN22 billion was deposited in the government reserves through investments in foreign financial institutions.

Although the Coronavirus pandemic has devalued Afghan currency against the dollar, the authority is pushing for effective programs to keep the value of the currency afloat, they said.

Welcoming the strengthening of the gross reserves of DAB, experts say that the central bank’s efforts would attract global funds for good.

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