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Afghanistan

04.03.2013

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrived in Kabul Monday for talks with the Afghan president, officials said, dpa reported.

Rasmussen was to hold meetings with President Hamid Karzai, other officials and civil society representatives, a NATO statement said.

The talks with Karzai were to address the security situation, Afghan security forces and the withdrawal of NATO-led foreign troops, scheduled for completion by the end of 2014, an official from the president's office said.

Karzai and Rasmussen were to hold a press conference later Monday.

02.03.2013

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Knut Vollebaek discussed the situation in Afghanistan, the Turkmen government said on Friday.

'We discussed the situation in the Central Asian region and in particular that of Afghanistan, receiving significant support and assistance from Turkmenistan over the years', the statement said.

Berdimuhamedov noted Turkmenistan's commitment to the chosen foreign policy course based on permanent neutrality.

25.02.2013

Two Afghan policemen were killed and one injured Monday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, an official said, dpa reported.

"The incident took place in the outskirts of Trinkot city, the provincial capital of Uruzgan province," provincial police spokesman Farid Ayel said.

At least 868 Afghan civilians were killed in 2012 by roadside bombs, a United Nations report said last week.

20.02.2013

Tajikistan Transport Minister Nizom Khokimov met yesterday with the British Ambassador to Tajikistan Robin Ord-Smith.

The press centre of the Tajik Transport Ministry told Avesta that, the possibilities of speeding the process of signing an agreement between the governments of Tajikistan and the UK on air connections were discussed.

According to the source, the parties also discussed the issue of a Tajik - British intergovernmental agreement signature on the provision of the transit of UK military cargo and officers from Afghanistan via the territory of Tajikistan.

15.02.2013

Turkmenistan and Afghanistan discussed the implementation of previously reached agreements concerning the joint management of trans-boundary water resources and the prospects for the further cooperation in this area, the Turkmen government said on Friday.

A delegation of the Energy and Water Resources Ministry of Afghanistan arrived in Ashgabat.

15.02.2013

The US-led western sanctions have failed to influence Iran's relations with its neighboring countries, including Afghanistan, a senior Iranian official said, FNA reported.

Iranian Deputy Minister of Road and Urbanization Shahriyar Afandizadeh made the remarks at the Fourth Iran-Afghanistan Road Transport Cooperation Meeting in Kabul.

The Iranian official pointed to the enhanced mutual economic cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan, and noted that the western sanctions have in no way affected the bilateral ties between the two countries.

15.02.2013

The Afghan army is training female special forces to take part in night raids against insurgents, breaking new ground in an ultraconservative society and filling a vacuum left by departing international forces, Associated Press reports.

"If men can carry out this duty why not women?" asks Lena Abdali, a 23-year-old Afghan soldier who was one of the first women to join one of the special units in 2011.

05.02.2013

At least three civilians were killed and nine others injured Tuesday when a bomb hidden in a restaurant went off in north-western Afghanistan, an official said, dpa reported.

"The bomb had been placed under a table in a restaurant and exploded around noon (0730 GMT) at a busy time in Khwaja Sabzposh district of Faryab province," said deputy provincial governor Abdul Sattar Barez.

"Three civilians were killed and nine others were wounded," he said.

05.02.2013

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Afghanistan Yodgorhoja Shadmanov presented his credentials to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Jahon News Agency under the Uzbek Foreign Ministry reported on Tuesday.

According to the agency, during the conversation held following the ceremony of presenting of the credentials, the sides discussed the state and prospects of Uzbek-Afghan relations in the political, trade and economic spheres, as well as cultural and humanitarian ties.

04.02.2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday said he hoped for "brotherly" relations with Pakistan, after talks with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari hosted by the British prime minister, dpa reported.

Karzai said he hoped that oft-strained relations with Afghanistan's neighbour could become "very close, brotherly and good neighbourly", and said the three leaders had a "very frank and open discussion."

He also repeated a call by Prime Minister David Cameron for the Taliban to enter peace talks.