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The future appears uncertain for Afghanistan following its takeover by the Taliban as US-led forces withdrew from the country after 20 years of occupation. As other nations continue to evacuate their citizens, the Central Asian country has been struck by political and humanitarian crises.
The Tajik-Afghan border, the area patrolling by the Pyandzhsky border guard detachment - Sputnik International

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In early August, the Taliban* stepped up their offensive against Afghan government forces and entered the capital, Kabul, on 15 August, completing the takeover of the country. The events prompted a mass evacuation of western citizens and Afghans who had aided or worked for foreign troops and organisations.
Secretary General of Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) Stanislav Zas stated on 15 September that the group is preparing a programme to strengthen Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan. His remarks follow a joint meeting of CSTO foreign ministers, defence ministers, and security council secretaries in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
The organisation earlier adopted a statement on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, as well as statements on coordinating joints effort in information security and the fight against cyberterrorism.
Earlier this month, CSTO's Collective Rapid Deployment Forces in the Central Asian region conducted a counterterrorist military exercise as part of the joint Rubezh-2021 drills in Kyrgyzstan.
Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Afghanistan and partnership between Moscow and Islamabad during a phone conversation on 14 September. The politicians exchanged views on the latest developments in the Islamic nation, bilateral cooperation, and collaboration within the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
*The Taliban is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and many other nations.
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16:53 GMT 15.09.2021
UN Envoy for Afghanistan Discusses Safety of Aid Workers with Taliban - UNAMA
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons met on Wednesday with the Afghan Minister of Interior, Siraj Haqqani, appointed by the Taliban (banned in Russia), to discuss the safety of humanitarian staff working in the country, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement.

"UN envoy Deborah Lyons [and] the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security today met Siraj Haqqani, stressing the absolute necessity for all UN [and] humanitarian personnel in Afghanistan to be able to work without intimidation or obstruction to deliver vital aid [and] conduct work for Afghan people", UNAMA said via Twitter.

In the meeting, the officials also addressed the issue of mutual trust to improve the situation in Afghanistan, especially in restarting the economy, ensuring that civil servants and health workers are paid and that medicines and food are reaching Afghans in need.
Before heading back to Kabul, Lyons met in Doha, Qatar, with Afghan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai. The officials discussed the urgent need for humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, the importance of an inclusive government and the country’s ability to respond to the economic challenges, UNAMA said.
13:57 GMT 15.09.2021
Afghanistan Requests Pakistan to Open For Commercial Flights on Two National Airlines
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Afghanistan's Aviation and Transport Ministry has sent a request letter to the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority to open the country for commercial flights from Kabul operated by two Afghan airlines, the Dawn newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The request dates back to Monday and names the Ariana Afghan Airlines and Kam Air carriers as potential operators of flights to Pakistan, according to the Pakistani newspaper.

The letter cited Doha's role in the reparation efforts of the Kabul airport, damaged during the foreign withdrawal and evacuation efforts in August. The Qatari authorities, which deployed specialists to restore the airport, announced the completion of works last Thursday. The facility has been open for international and domestic planes ever since.

Pakistan was among the first nations to launch air operations to Afghanistan along with Qatar, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, and the United Arab Emirates.
13:56 GMT 15.09.2021
Following Narrow Escape From Taliban, Afghan Citizen Looks to Europe After US Visa Delays
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13:56 GMT 15.09.2021
Taliban Mulling Creation of Regular Army in Afghanistan, Army Chief of Staff Says
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12:54 GMT 15.09.2021
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08:30 GMT 15.09.2021
Three UN Flights With Medical Supplies to Afghanistan Carried Out Since Sunday
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) has delivered three batches of medical supplies to Afghanistan, where over 90 percent of families do not have enough food to eat, according to the United Nations.

"The WFP-led Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) has completed three cargo flights since the reopening of the air link to Kabul on 12 September, bringing in medical supplies on behalf of the World Health Organization," the United Nations said on Tuesday.

UN World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, Tomson Phiri, said as cited by the UN that prior to the three cargo flights, UNHAS flights between Islamabad, Pakistan, and the Afghan towns of Mazar-i-Sharif, Kandahar and Herat had been up and running since 29 August.

On Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that the EU was going to increase its humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, providing an extra 100 million euros ($118 million) as part of a new, wider Afghan support package.

The WFP said on Tuesday that it was establishing a humanitarian logistics hub in Termez, Uzbekistan, to position food for Afghanistan, which is facing a major economic crisis exacerbated by last month’s Taliban (banned in Russia as a terrorist organisation) takeover that caused many countries to halt aid to Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, the United Nations appealed for $606 million to support vulnerable Afghans until the end of 2021. On Monday, international donors at the conference in Geneva pledged to provide $1.2 billion to support humanitarian action in the country, exceeding the amount requested. The WFP had said that it needs $30 million to keep air services going on top of the requested $200 million to replenish its food pipeline.
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