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US-Taliban to sign Afghanistan peace agreement: Trump

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(Last Updated On: February 14, 2020)

Donald Trump, in an interview with an American radio network, underlined that the US was very close to signing the peace agreement with the Taliban. This comes as according to some Arabic and American media reporting, the Taliban officials wrote that the leading council of the Taliban approved the 7-day violence reduction, but the starting date of the plan is not yet determined.

Trump views the Qatar discussions as a good opportunity to end the war and withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. He said that a possible peace deal was imminent.

Trump said that they were working on a peace agreement with the Taliban to withdraw their troops as soon as possible adding that he viewed the Talks as a good opportunity to reach an agreement.

Mike Pompeo, US secretary of the state, said that there were significant improvements in the peace process, and the details would be publicized in two weeks.

This comes as Mark Esper, the secretary of defense said in Brussels that the US and the Taliban had discussed over a “one-week violence reduction”. He added that the best and only way for Afghanistan was a political solution saying that he was hopeful to provide more in the matter soon.

On the other hand, there are reports about the Taliban will agree to a 7-day violence reduction deal, but it is not certain when exactly the US and the Taliban will act upon it.

The Afghanistan administration seems to be optimistic about the latest improvements in the peace talks.

Wahid Omar, the senior advisor to President Ghani said, “Both the laterals are reaching to an agreement that will bring ceasefire.”

Sources say, with the announcement of the ‘violence reduction’ agreement, thousands of the Taliban fighters will be simultaneously released from detentions… If the ‘violence reduction’ period goes right, the peace agreement will be signed between the US and the Taliban, the US troops will leave Afghanistan, and the Intra-Afghan Peace Talks will start.

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Bayat Foundation in Ghazni to help needy families

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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

The Bayat Foundation continues to help vulnerable families across Afghanistan and this week distributed hundreds of food parcels to people in central Ghazni province.

The foundation’s officials said they had so far distributed essential food supplies to deserving people in Herat, Balkh, Khost, Kunduz, Kandahar, and Bamiyan provinces.

Haji Mohammad Ismail, deputy head of the Bayat Foundation, stated: “Through its continued assistance, the Bayat Foundation was in Ghazni [to distribute aid] and further assistance will be distributed in other provinces soon.”

The foundation said it will do its best to reach vulnerable families during winter.

Grateful recipients of the food aid thanked the Bayat Foundation and said the packages were badly needed.

“We are thankful to the Bayat Foundation that provided us with foodstuff such are flour, rice, and oil and we call for further assistance,” one of the recipients said.

Another recipient added: “I am pleased that the Bayat Foundation is helping needy people during this cold winter.”

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UN seeks record $41 billion for aid to hotspots including Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

The United Nations appealed on Thursday for $41 billion to provide life-saving assistance next year to a record 183 million people worldwide caught up in conflict and poverty, led by a tripling of its programme in Afghanistan.

Famine remains a “terrifying prospect” for 45 million people living in 43 countries, as extreme weather caused by climate change reduces food supplies, it said in the annual appeal reflecting a 17% rise in annual funding needs.

“The drivers of needs are ones which are familiar to all of us. Tragically, it includes protracted conflicts, political instability, failing economies… the climate crisis, not a new crisis, but one which urges more attention and of course the Covid-19 pandemic,” UN aid chief Martin Griffiths told a news briefing on Wednesday.

In a report to donors, the world body said: “Without sustained and immediate action, 2022 could be catastrophic.”

Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Ethiopia and Sudan are the five major crises requiring the most funding, topped by $4.5 billion sought for Afghanistan where “needs are skyrocketing”, it said.

In Afghanistan, more than 24 million people require life-saving assistance to prevent catastrophe, a dramatic increase driven by political tumult, repeated economic shocks, and the severe food insecurity caused by the worst drought in 27 years, Reuters reported.

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Four wounded in Kabul blast

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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

The Emergency Hospital in Kabul has confirmed four people were wounded in an IED explosion in Salim Karwan square in PD4 around midday Thursday.

The Emergency Hospital said in a tweet that the injured were taken to the hospital from the scene of the explosion.

The hospital said a child was among the injured adding the incident was caused by a magnetic IED attached to a vehicle.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) Interior Ministry spokesman Saeed Khosti, however, said the incident was caused by an IED placed in a pot. He also claimed that there were no casualties in the blast.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two days ago, Kabul witnessed another explosion. The blast, which targeted an IEA vehicle, wounded five people, including members of the IEA.

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