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U.S. Envoy Rejects Reports of Timetable for Troops Withdrawal

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(Last Updated On: February 7, 2019)

The U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has rejected the reports in which claimed that Washington had promised to pull out half of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April.

“In recent days, I’ve heard some individual Taliban officials claim we have a troop withdrawal timetable for Afghanistan. Today, they correctly retracted that claim. To be clear: no troop withdrawal timetable exists.” Khalilzad wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, Russia’s RIA news agency had quoted a Taliban official at peace talks in Moscow as saying that the United States had pledged of pulling out half of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April.

It comes as the delegates attending the peace talks in Moscow on Wednesday issued a joint declaration in which they outlined a nine-point approach to promote intra-Afghan dialogue aimed at reaching a political settlement in Afghanistan.

The delegates unanimously agreed to hold the next round of talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar in the near future.

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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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