Afghanistan and regional cooperation: Opportunities and impediments

Mosa Ahmadzai, Kabul

Regional cooperation is important for regional peace and stability. It is regional cooperation through which regional countries can coordinate their efforts to bring an ever lasting and durable peace and stability in the region. This cooperation could also plays an important role in social and economic development of the region. Without regional cooperation peace, stability and economic growth is not ...

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Ghani speaks at Global Hope Coalition event in NY

Ghani in NY

KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani says hate creates divisions among peoples while hope removes distance, stressing the need for efforts to promote amenity. Ghani, who arrived to New York on Monday evening to attend the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, made the remarks in his address at a Global Hope Coalition event. A statement from the Presidential Palace in Kabul said ...

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Afghan saffron has turned into a serious rival, Iranian officials say


KABUL: The Iranian officials have expressed concerns regarding the growing cultivation and production of saffron in Afghanistan, saying the country has turned into a serious rival endangering the saffron industry in Iran. Iran’s Saffron Exports Development Fund board of directors’ member Farhad Saharkhiz quoted by the local IRNA news agency said saffron production in Afghanistan has turned into a serious ...

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Hekmatyar accuses political parties of sparking ethnic tensions and differences


KABUL: The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar accused the political parties for sparking tensions and differences among the people. Hekmatyar made the remarks during a meeting with the members of the institute of youths for change. He claimed that Hezb-e-Islami is the only party that has greater influence across the country and the other parties have became a reason for ...

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Ghani off to US to attend UN General Assembly and meet President Trump


KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left for the United States on an official visit to participate in the UN General Assembly and meet his US counterpart President Donald Trump. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, confirmed that President Ghani has left for New York city after concluding his visit to Turkmenistan. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is expected to meet ...

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Prime Minister of Pakistan admits German embassy bombers in Kabul travelled from Pakistan

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas

Pakistan’s prime minister admits three or four insurgents crossed the border into Afghanistan and carried out the deadly May truck bombing in Kabul. PAKISTAN: The Pakistani Prime Minister in an unprecedented statement has confessed that the bombers who blew up a tanker near the German embassy in Kabul late in May, had likely travelled from Pakistan. PM Abbasi made the ...

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NATO commander reaffirms strong support to Afghanistan after Kandahar attack


KABUL: The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General John Nicholson reaffirmed the strong support of the alliance to Afghanistan after a suicide attack claimed the life of a Romanian soldier. Gen. Nicholson who is also in lead of the US Forces for Afghanistan, said “Our hearts go out to our Romanian comrades for the loss of ...

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Trump to meet President Ghani in New York: McMaster


WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump would meet his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 21. US National Security Advisor HR McMaster said Friday Ghani would one of the select world leaders who Trump would be meeting on the margins of the General Assembly next week. “On Thursday, the president will meet ...

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Ghani chairs high level defense meeting to discuss latest security upheavals


KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday chaired a high level defense meeting to discuss the latest security upheavals in the capital and other provinces of the country. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said the meeting of the armed forces commander chief chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani focused on security situation of Kabul, Faryab, Jawzjan, Baghlan, Nuristan, ...

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B-52s again bombing targets in Afghanistan


KABUL: American B-52 bombers have been flying continuous missions over Afghanistan for months to counter threats from Taliban and ISIS-linked terrorists, a report said on Thursday. “The flights have been part of an existing surge in air support as the service says it is still looking at how best to contribute to President Donald Trump’s new US strategy,” The War Zone reported. Over the past ...

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