The newly-established caretaker government in Afghanistan has named remaining ministers and members, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday.
SOUNDBITE (Pushtu): ZABUHULLAH MUJAHID, Taliban spokesperson
"The newly introduced members of the cabinet are professional personalities including doctors and highly educated persons, also from minorities."
The newly introduced cabinet members have been appointed in line with the decree of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, Mujahid said, adding a veteran businessman, Hajji Nurudin Azizi, has been appointed as acting minister for commerce, and Dr. Qalandar Ebad as the acting minister for public health.
Mujahid also expressed hope that the international community would give recognition to the Islamic Emirate.
At the press conference, Mujahid has rejected the presence of the hardliner Islamic State outfit, al-Qaida or other terrorist groups in Afghanistan, saying the Islamic Emirate is capable enough to smash any terrorist group and won't allow any Afghanistan soil to be used against any country.
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Сегодня, 18 августа 2021 года Генеральный консул Туркменистана в городе Герат провел встречу с руководителем представительства движения «Талибан» по провинции Герат.
В ходе состоявшихся консультаций стороны обсудили организационные и другие вопросы, касающиеся деятельности Генерального консульства Туркменистана в западной зоне Афганистана.
На встрече, прошедшей в дружественной обстановке, было подчеркнуто, что историческая и культурная общность народов Туркменистана и Афганистана служит прочной основой для развития добрососедских отношений в настоящее время и в долгосрочной перспективе.
Today, on the 18th of August 2021, the Consul General of Turkmenistan in Herat city had a meeting with the head of the representation of the Taliban movement in Herat province.
During the consultations the parties discussed organizational and other matters, related to the activities of the Consulate General of Turkmenistan in the western zone of Afghanistan
At the meeting held in a friendly atmosphere, it was underlined that the historical and cultural community of the peoples of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan serves as a solid base for the development of good neighborly relations now and in the long term.
of the MFA of Turkmenistan
The meeting with the delegation of Political Office of Taliban movement was held in the MFA of TurkmenistanSunday, 07 February 2021 12:52
February 6, 2021 the leadership of Turkmen foreign ministry met with the delegation of Political Office of Taliban movement headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in the MFA of Turkmenistan.
During constructive negotiations, the parties have underlined the importance of establishing and maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan.
In this regard, it has been noted that Turkmenistan has given significant support for Afghan people, contributed to the development of Afghan economy, primarily strategically important fields such as energy, transport, connectivity and communications.
The significant projects in the aforementioned fields are “Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India” pipeline, high voltage electric power transmission line, fiber-optic connection along “Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan” route, as well as railways connecting Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
The delegation of Political Office of Taliban movement expressed full support to the implementation of above-mentioned infrastructure projects aimed at ensuring well-being and prosperity for Afghan people.
The representatives of Afghan delegation made a statement to the press and answered questions from journalists after the negotiations.
Further, full text of press statement by thedelegation of Political Office of Taliban movement is published
«Dear Mass Media Representatives!
First of all, let me welcome you today at the press conference and introduce myself. My name is Mohammad Suhail Shaheen, I am member of the Political Office and Negotiations Team of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
On behalf of the IEA Political Office, I would like to express my gratitude to the Turkmen side for the invitation to visit Turkmenistan and for warm hospitality.
Yesterday, as part of our visit, we visited two mosques and acquainted with the ancient religious sites and cultural traditions of the Turkmen people.
Today, here, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, we held talks in an open and friendly atmosphere with His Excellency Rashid Meredov, Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan and Deuty Prime Minister and his delegation, during which we gave a positive assessment of the policy of neutral Turkmenistan towards Afghanistan and the long-term political and economic support to Afghanistan that neighboring Turkmenistan is providing, provided and will provide.
Turkmenistan, as a Muslim, neighboring, neutral state, has been taking initiatives for a number of years aimed at establishing peace and development in Afghanistan.
The implementation of infrastructure projects in Afghanistan initiated by Turkmenistan deserves special attention and assessment. There is no doubt that the early start of construction of projects such as TAPI, TAP and railways from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan will contribute to the achievement of prosperity and economic development in Afghanistan. On the one hand, while we are struggling to gain independence of our country, meanwhile, we are trying to contribute to prosperity of our people and development of our country by providing protection to all national projects in the country.
In this regard, as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, we declare our full support for the implementation and security of TAPI and other developmental projects in our country.
A suicide bombing has killed at least 65 people, mostly women and children, in the Pakistani city of Lahore. According to Euronews, local authorities said at least 280 more people have been injured and that they fear the death toll is likely to rise.
The Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the attack and said “Christians were the target.” The explosion appears to have happened in the parking area at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park – a few metres from children’s swings.
The park had been particularly busy on Sunday evening due to the Easter holiday weekend. Punjab, Pakistan’s largest and wealthiest province, is the political power base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.