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Public Policy & Politics, Afghanistan


Afghan President Hamid Karzai will use his upcoming visit to London for a tripartite meeting with the British and Pakistani prime ministers to ask Pakistan about the whereabouts of a senior Taliban leader, a Karzai aide said Sunday, dpa reported.

Afghanistan believes that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar can persuade the Islamist extremist Taliban to join the peace process. A captured co-founder and commander of the Afghan movement, Baradar was released by the Pakistani government on September 20 upon Karzai's request.


Dushanbe And Kabul agreed to widen and strengthen the cooperation in shpere of security amid the withdrawal of ISAF forces from Afghanistan in 2014, CA-News reported on Monday.

According to Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, the country supports the strengthening of combating with terrorism, extremism, illegal drug turnover and other international threats.

Taking into consideration the fact that NATO withdraws its forces from Afghanistan, Tajikistan is ready to provide the country with assistance in all spheres and areas, he said after his meeting with Afghanistan's head Hamid Karzai.


NATO defence ministers were due Wednesday to discuss the final phase of security transition in Afghanistan with the country's Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi and their International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) partners, dpa reported.

"Afghan forces are now in the lead, showing courage, confidence and increasing capability," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday.

NATO is now preparing a mission to train and support Afghan forces after its combat operations end there in 2014.


Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry reached a partial agreement Saturday on a bilateral security pact between the two countries, but not on the key issue of US troop immunity, dpa reported.

Karzai and Kerry held a joint press conference after all-day negotiations on the deal that will allow American troops to remain in Afghanistan after the NATO-led coalition withdraws troops next year.


The United Nations and the international community will fully support Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal of NATO combat troops, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, dpa reported.

Ban said late Tuesday the strengthening of Afghan national security forces and the planned presidential election in April were the most important milestones next year and "we are committed to support your difficult challenges."

President Hamid Karzai has run the country since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001 but is constitutionally barred from running again.


The joint Turkmen-Chinese declaration on establishing strategic partnership relations signed in Ashgabat by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Chinese President Xi Jinping said: 'Security and stability in Central Asia is closely linked to the situation in Afghanistan', state news service Turkmen dovlet khabarlary (TDK) reported.

The Chinese president was on a state visit in Turkmenistan from September 3 to September 4, 2013.


Azerbaijan and Afghanistan are preparing to sign a memorandum of understanding in the sphere of energy, Azerbaijani Minister of Industry and Energy Natig Aliyev told journalists on Wednesday after a meeting with Afghanistan's Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani.

According to him, the document which is considered to become 'a road map' of cooperation between the two countries' ministries is planned to be signed in November in Kabul.


Peace and stability in Central Asia region depends on development of the situation in Afghanistan, Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) believe, the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry reported.

Such a statement was made within the SCO Foreign Ministers council meeting in Kyrgyz city of Cholpan Ata on Saturday.

The meeting participants noted that the UN plays the central role in international efforts aimed at resolution of the situation in Afghanistan and supported desire of the Afghan people to restore the peace and revive the country.


Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai on Sunday termed Tehran-Kabul ties as brotherly and friendly, saying Iran-Afghan relations are unique in the region, IRNA reported.

He made the remarks in his weekly press conference in Kabul.

Referring to abundant cultural, religious and language affinities between the two countries, Mosazai called for enhanced bilateral ties during the new Iranian Presidents tenure.

He appreciated Irans support for Afghan government and its principled stand on peace talks in Afghanistan.


President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received Afghanistan`s Internal Affairs Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang.

The Afghan Minister conveyed President Hamid Karzai`s greetings to the Azerbaijani President.

The Head of State and the Interior Minister praised Azerbaijan-Afghanistan relations, saying the two countries also enjoyed good cooperation on different fronts.

They pointed out there were ample opportunities for developing the bilateral cooperation between internal affairs bodies.