Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 20, 2017 Bruce Pannier For more than three years now, Qishloq Ovozi and the Majlis podcast have been following events in northern Afghanistan, in the provinces that border Central Asia, while the situation there went from concerning to unstable. This reporting benefited greatly from the work and dedication of one
Bruce Pannier Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 14, 2017 These are certainly tense times for security officials in Central Asia. Barely halfway through this spring, the violence in northern Afghanistan, in provinces just across the border from Central Asia, has already reached levels not seen since the late 1990s. The April 21 attack on a
Tolo News: Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Sunday said Iran retained its position as the country’s largest trade partner for 2016. Statistics by the ACCI shows that Iran’s trade value with Afghanistan for 2016 was $1.8 billion USD. However trade volumes between Afghanistan and Pakistan for 2016 dropped by $1.2 billion USD. Iran’s
Tolo News: The country now not only fully meets its requirements in this building material but also began exporting it to the neighboring countries, according to reports. “In 2016, Tajikistan produced about two million tons of cement, which was nearly 500,000 tons more compared to 2015,” the Minister of Industry and New Technologies of Tajikistan, Bobozoda Shavkat
KABUL, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) — Afghanistan and neighboring Uzbekistan signed agreements on Tuesday to enhance security cooperation and expand ties in transport and trade sectors, the Afghan national television RTA reported. Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and his visiting Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov signed the agreements during a ceremony held in Afghan Presidential Palace here.
RFE/RL’s Tajik Service January 12, 2017 DUSHANBE — The Tajik Foreign Ministry says that it summoned the Afghan ambassador in Dushanbe late in December and lodged a diplomatic protest over remarks made by the Afghan ambassador to Russia. The ministry said on January 12 that a protest note was handed to the Afghan ambassador in
Asia Times: Pakistan’s interest in Central Asia sharply increased after the Soviet Union collapse. General Naseerullah Babar, who was central to Pakistan’s attempts to navigate these newly available potential economic opportunities, while negating the military dimension of ‘strategic depth’, said in an interview, that “the talk about strategic depth is nonsense … We realized that Afghanistan
Bruce Pannier Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty November 29, 2016 The proposed railway line from Turkmenistan to Tajikistan, via Afghanistan, marked a milestone on November 28 when the first station on the Afghan side of the Turkmen border opened. Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attended the ceremony at the Aqina railway station
AFP: Asian neighbours Turkmenistan and Afghanistan on Monday opened the first section of a $2 billion link connecting their two countries by rail for the first time and set to extend to Tajikistan. Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani attended the colourful celebrations featuring Turkmen traditional dancers. A train pulling 46 freight
1TV: The Afghanistan national football team lost a friendly football match 1-0 to the national football team of Tajikistan on Sunday evening. The match was held in the capital of Tajikistan Dushanbe. The first half of the game ended in draw despite both sides had chances to hit goals in the middle period of the match.