Khodjaev reaffirm $500m commitment to build Mazar-Herat railway track

The head of Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Foreign Trade Jamshid Khodjaev has said Uzbekistan is committed to invest $500 million on the construction of railway track from Mazari Sharif city to Herat province.

Khodjaev reaffirmed Uzbekistan’s commitment during a meeting President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and said the technical teams of the two countries should start work on a time schedule for the start of the works.

Calling Afghanistan an important partner of Uzbekistan in transport and transit sector, Khodjaev said the relations between the two countries grow as each day passes, noting a 19 per cent increase in trade between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan in 2017 while a 15 increase until May of 2018.

He also added that Uzbekistan is keen to invest on cement extraction and production in Afghanistan and efforts are underway to provide visa facilities to the Afghan traders as well as investment opportunities in Termiz Cargo Center.

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Governor’s plane barred from flight to Kandahar

Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor’s flight on Thursday night was barred to take off from Mawlana Jalaluddin Balkhi Airport in Mazar-e-Sharif City to Kandahar Airport, in the west of Afghanistan.

Noor wanted to visit Kandahar and attend a gathering with a number of political figures in the province on Friday.

Noor was accompanied by Batur Dostum, son of the first vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum.
In a video posted on social media, Balkh governor said they waited for one and a half hours inside the plane but were not allowed to take off.

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Suicide attack kills a businessman in Mazar-e-Sharif city

At least one killed and two injured in a suicide attack in Mazar-e-Sharif City, the capital of northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, police official said Thursday.

The explosion took place early this morning while Haji Ghani Marmuli, a well-known businessman and tribal elder, was going to a restaurant for breakfast in Darwaze Shadian area, General Baba Jan the commander of 707 Pamir Police Zone in the north told Ariana News.

According to the police official two more people were also injured in the incident including a bodyguard of the businessman.

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Bomb goes off in crowded city market in Mazar-i-Sharif

A bomb in a crowded in market in the north Afghanistan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Tuesday killed at least two people and wounded 15, police officials said.

Mazar-i-Sharif, an important commercial centre near the border with Uzbekistan, has generally been spared the violence unleashed by insurgent groups battling the NATO-backed government in Kabul.

The attack on Tuesday was carried out by a suicide bomber, said police commander Baba Jan.

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