KABUL, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday left for Uzbekistan to take part in the funeral of late Uzbek President Islam Karimov, the country’s Presidential Palace said. Ghani left Kabul for Samarkand, Uzbekistan to attend the funeral, the palace said in a statement. Karimov died Friday of a stroke at
Chris Hannas VOA News August 30, 2016 WASHINGTON — The top U.S. diplomat for Central Asia says the region’s relative stability means it often does not get much attention, but that a top priority when the next U.S. president takes office will be to explain the area’s importance to that new administration. Deputy Assistant Secretary of
1TV: The first train carrying freight containers from China to Afghanistan left the eastern Chinese city of Nantong on Thursday afternoon, CCTV reported. The train will leave China through the Alataw Pass in Xinjiang. It will then pass through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan before arriving [at] Hairatan after, a border town and a port in the north of Afghanistan.
Trend: The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan (TAT) railway, which is under construction, is intended to stimulate trade ties between countries of the region, the Turkmen government said in a message. The first phase of the project envisages construction of two railway sections: a 85-kilometer Atamyrat-Imamnazar line in Turkmenistan and a 38-kilometer line from Imamnazar to the Andkhoy village in Afghanistan.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty By Bruce Pannier and Mustafa Sarwar August 6, 2016 Qishloq Ovozi has paid a good deal of attention to what is happening south of Central Asia, in Afghanistan. But most of these reports deal with unrest in the border area and the security problems militants in northern Afghanistan could pose to Central Asian countries.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 29, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is set to hold a joint meeting with foreign ministers of five Central Asian states in Washington on August 3, a State Department official says. Daniel Rosenblum, deputy assistant secretary of state for Central Asia, told reporters during a telephone briefing on
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty June 23, 2016 Presidents of member states and countries with the status of observers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) were in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, on June 23 for the start of a two-day summit. SCO leaders at the gathering are talking about issues that include regional security and the current situation in
VOA News May 16, 2016 KABUL—Tens of thousands of ethnic minority Hazaras, protesting the rerouting of a power line, were blocked in their attempt to march to the presidential palace in Kabul Monday. Authorities, fearing violence, set up shipping containers overnight, effectively closing off Kabul’s commercial center to foot and motor traffic. Leaders of Monday’s
VOA News Ayaz Gul May 12, 2016 ISLAMABAD—Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan Thursday launched the construction of an electricity power grid Thursday to link the four nations to a jointly operated power supply and promote regional stability, security and prosperity. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and the heads of the
Business Standard: Months after Tajikistan closed its consulates in Kunduz and Badakhshan province citing security issues, Afghanistan has asked Dushanbe to re-open the consulates in the country. Click here to read more (external link).