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UNCHR has urged the international community to continue engaging with the Taliban

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Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), stated today that the international community should continue to engage with the Afghan Taliban.

On a news conference Friday during his tour to Pakistan, the UN official stated that the UNHCR is working with the temporary Taliban administration in Afghanistan on humanitarian issues and urged the rest of the world to do the same.

“The Taliban emphasized a desire for humanitarian assistance to be delivered to the country as soon as possible since, as we see ourselves, things are extremely challenging.”

He stated that Afghanistan has been in severe need of financial assistance and that as time passes, the situation will worsen “Everything is required because the situation is dire. Food, medication, housing, and other basic requirements are required.”

He stated that the UNHCR will be able to expand up humanitarian assistance if it is sufficiently supported and resourced.

“It is critical that the international community establish the required direction (and) methods to maintain Afghanistan’s functioning. If public services, such as health care or education, fail and the state fails to operate, it would cause a much worse disaster than a humanitarian crisis.”

When asked about the fresh wave of internally displaced persons in Afghanistan, he stated that roughly 500,000 people had lately been displaced by violence due to fighting in their communities. There is, however, no migration of refugees into neighboring countries, notably Pakistan.

He praised Pakistan for facilitating humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan, stating that he received some relief trucks from Pakistan during his visit to Afghanistan.

“Whether it is Pakistani or international donations going through here, we will need to use Pakistan to fly people in and out, as usual, Pakistan will play a very crucial role of assistance to the humanitarian activities within Afghanistan, and I am very happy for that.”

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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MPS still under Home Minister: PO

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President’s Office on Tuesday stated that though Maldives Police Service (MPS) is now operating as an independent entity, the Home Minister is still the responsible figure for the agency.

Following the ratification and implementing of MPS Act, MPS would function as an independent entity, with various internal governing bodies. The Home Minister will be responsible for overseeing the body but will have no control over day to day operations.

Confusion reigned supreme following a letter sent by President’s Office to the Home Affairs, stating that MPS would function as an independent entity effective from March 27, 2021. The letter also stated the Ministry’s functions and roles following this decision.

Clause 242 of the Constitution mandates that all government and government associated agencies be overseen by a Minister.

The statement issued by President’s Office said that Home Minister Sheikh Imran would still oversee the agency.

In response to the change, Minister Imran tweeted that ‘challenges’ were natural and expected. He added that success was in perseverance.

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Tourism Ministry sets three-year period for resorts to open

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Minister of Tourism Dr Abdullah Mausoom has revealed that the Ministry intends to automatically revoke the islands leased for resort development, if the developers fail to open the property within a three-year period.

Speaking to local newspaper, Mihaaru, the Minister revealed that this was already in the plans and a new agreement will be signed based on this principle.

Statistics by Tourism Ministry in 2020, show that over 50 resorts were still under development, with parties filing to extend the permits for 21 islands. Some of the leased islands have been listed as under development for over 10 years.

This, he said, was being implemented to urge developers to finish developing the property and begin operations. Minister Mausoom noted that most citizens living close to islands under development had raised their concerns over delays.

The Minister had previously said that Tourism sustained severe losses due to the pandemic. While the sector aims to bring in 1.3 million tourists, there are several challenges including a new mutation of the delta strain detected in the UK and limitations of the airport to cater for arrivals.

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U23 national team departs for Bahrain

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The under 23 national football team has departed to Bahrain for training ahead of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The qualifiers will be held in Uzbekistan from the 27th to the 31st of this month.

The team is accompanied by Assistant Coaches Sabah Mohamed and Mohamed Shahid. They will play two practice matches in Bahrain before heading to straight to qualifiers in Uzbekistan. The team had also carried out successful training camps in the atolls.

Maldives will face off against Iraq on 27th October, against Bahrain on 29th October, and Afghanistan on 31st October.

Competing nations are divided into 11 groups. First place winners will go into the Asian Cup. Additionally, four top-performing teams from the second placed nations will proceed to the Cup.

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