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Tehran Afghanistan conference

A one-day conference of Afghan neighbors, held in the Iranian capital, has come to an end. Speaking at a news conference following the event, Iran’s foreign minister reiterated Tehran’s call for a broad-based government in Afghanistan. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian added that only an all-inclusive government can bring about unity in Afghanistan. He called for strengthening of a regional approach to bring peace and security to the war-weary nation without foreign interference. The top diplomat noted that Afghan people are bearing the brunt of‎ the US invasion and its 20-year occupation of their country. The foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as Russian and Chinese ambassadors attended the Tehran conference. The Russian and Chinese foreign ministers as well as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres virtually addressed the meeting.

Israeli settlements

Israel is pushing ahead with plans to build over 3,000 settler units in the occupied West Bank. An official with the regime’s ministry for military affairs announced the final approval for building 1,8-00 settler units and preliminary approval for construction of over 1,300 more units. The United States earlier voiced concern over Israel’s decision to move forward with the plans. Palestinian resistance groups have also issued a joint statement, warning the Israeli regime against pressing ahead with its settlement construction plans. 

Sudan military coup

The African Union suspends Sudan’s membership until civilian rule is restored in the country. The AU strongly condemned the military coup in Sudan, and slammed the takeover as unconstitutional. The World Bank also suspended aid to Sudan, citing concerns over the recent developments in the country. On Monday, the Sudanese military seized power and declared a state of emergency. Prime Minister Abdollah Hamdok was detained but later released under close guard. The head of the country’s armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said the military assumed power to avoid a civil war. Protests have been ongoing across the country, with demonstrators demanding a return of civilian rule. Several people have been killed during the protests, while security forces have launched sweeping arrests of protesters.

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