About: Afghanistan

Central Asia 19-05-2022

Nine dead, 24 wounded in clashes in restive Tajikistan region

Clashes between Tajik security forces and "terrorists" killed nine people and wounded two dozen in a restive region bordering Afghanistan and China, the interior ministry said on Wednesday (18 May).
Global Europe 11-04-2022

Political change in Pakistan as Shehbaz Sharif seeks to become PM

Opposition politician Shehbaz Sharif submitted his nomination to be Pakistan's next prime minister to the legislature on Sunday (10 April), his party said, after incumbent Imran Khan lost a no-confidence vote in parliament after nearly four years in power.
Global Europe 04-04-2022

Fresh turmoil in Pakistan – what it means for rest of the world

Pakistan's political turmoil deepened on Sunday (3 April), when Prime Minister Imran Khan avoided an attempt to oust him and sought fresh elections after dissolving parliament, a move the opposition called treasonous and vowed to fight.
Global Europe 25-01-2022

West links Afghan humanitarian aid to human rights

Western diplomats Tuesday (26 January) linked humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to an improvement in human rights after meeting a Taliban delegation on a landmark visit to Europe.
Global Europe 25-01-2022

Taliban hail Oslo meet as success ‘in itself’

On their first visit to Europe since returning to power, the Taliban held landmark talks with Western diplomats in Oslo over the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, a meeting the Islamist regime's delegation called an "achievement in itself".
Politics 24-01-2022

Taliban, Western officials meet for talks in Oslo

Taliban and Western diplomats meet in Oslo on Monday for talks on Afghanistan's humanitarian crisis and human rights, especially those of women whose freedoms have been curbed by the hardline Islamists.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

EU re-establishing ‘minimal presence’ in Kabul

The European Union on Thursday (20 January) announced it had begun re-establishing a "minimal presence" in Kabul to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.
Central Asia 12-01-2022

Insider’s account: The Kazakhstan unrest

A trusted EURACTIV source in Almaty gave a rare first-hand account of the Kazakhstan unrest that shook up the Central Asian country in the first days of 2022.
Global Europe 28-12-2021

Afghans living in limbo in Albania start knitting to heal their trauma

Four months after Albania stepped up to accept thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban, some 2000 live in hotels on the country’s Adriatic coast. While they are ever-thankful to their hosts' kindness, the uncertainty of knowing their future is causing problems.
Central Asia 28-12-2021

Kazakhstan to maintain ties, avoid humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan

The minister of trade of Kazakhstan, Bakhyt Sultanov, visited Kabul over the weekend, this being the second such high-level visit recently, after Erzhan Kazykhan, the special representative of Kazakhstan's president, also called held talks with the Taliban.
Global Europe 23-12-2021

US authorizes some transactions with Taliban to keep aid flowing to Afghanistan

The United States formally exempted on Wednesday (22 December) US and UN officials doing permitted business with the Taliban from US sanctions to try to maintain the flow of aid to Afghanistan as it sinks deeper into a humanitarian crisis.
EU-India 21-12-2021

India woos Central Asian countries in geopolitical race for influence

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries in New Delhi on Monday (20 December) in what appears to be an effort to compete with the influence of other geopolitical players in the region: Russia, China, and Pakistan.

EU member states agree to take in 40,000 Afghans

A group of 15 EU member states have agreed to take in 40,000 Afghans for resettlement, Commissioner Ylva Johansson said on Thursday (9 December) after meeting interior ministers.
Global Europe 06-12-2021

Putin and Modi discuss trade, humanitarian situation in Afghanistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin in New Delhi on Monday (6 December), with trade and the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan both on the agenda.
Global Europe 06-12-2021

Taliban reject US, EU claims of ‘summary killings’ of ex-security forces

Afghanistan's Taliban government on Sunday (5 December) rejected condemnation by Western nations over dozens of alleged "summary killings" of former security force personnel documented by rights groups since the Islamists returned to power.

EU asylum demands up as more Afghans flee

Requests for asylum in Europe hit a five-year high in September, with Afghans in particular seeking safety after the Taliban stormed to power in Kabul.
Central Asia 24-11-2021

Central Asia will not be involved in human trafficking to Belarus, Borrell says

The reach out by the EU in Central Asia on preventing human trafficking into Belarus has been 'fruitful' in the region, EU officials told reporters in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Wednesday (24 November).
Central Asia 23-11-2021

Afghanistan looms large at EU-Central Asia talks in Dushanbe

EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell and Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen on Monday (22 November) asked Afghanistan's neighbours to prevent human trafficking as they met their Central Asian counterparts in the Tajik capital. EURACTIV reports from Dushanbe.
Global Europe 15-11-2021

Foreign Minister: Uzbekistan is promoting ‘pragmatic relations’ with Afghanistan

In a wide-ranging interview, Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov discussed his country’s relations with the EU, the situation with "fraternal neighbour" Afghanistan, regional cooperation, and strategies for a 'Third Renaissance' of Uzbekistan.
Global Europe 29-10-2021

‘Just give us our money’: Taliban push to unlock Afghan billions abroad

Afghanistan's Taliban government is pressing for the release of billions of dollars of central bank reserves as the drought-stricken nation faces a cash crunch, mass starvation and a new migration crisis.
Non-discrimination 27-10-2021

Bosnia: Afghans stuck in limbo on Bosnia-Croatia border

As the world awaits a possible new wave of refugees from Afghanistan to Europe in the aftermath of the fall of Kabul, vulnerable Afghans already on the EU's border face growing uncertainty.
Global Europe 27-10-2021

Biden swaps home tensions for foreign frustrations in Europe summits

President Joe Biden escapes bruising political turmoil at home for the more convivial world of diplomacy at twin summits in Europe this week -- but the experience could be just as frustrating.
Global Europe 22-10-2021

Putin says Western military backing of Ukraine threatens Russia

President Vladimir Putin said that the Western-backed military development of Ukraine posed a serious threat to Russia, two days after the US defense secretary staged a show of support for Kyiv and encouraged its aspiration to join NATO.
Global Europe 13-10-2021

Taliban meet EU-US delegation, Brussels pledges €1 billion aid

The Taliban held their first face-to-face talks with a joint US-EU delegation Tuesday (12 October) in Qatar, as Brussels pledged one billion euros ($1.2 billion) in aid for Afghanistan.