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German ‘kidnapped’ in Afghanistan

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BBC News / Wednesday, 4 July 2007

A German citizen is believed to have been kidnapped in Afghanistan, the German foreign ministry has said.

The man has been missing since 28 June and Berlin says they have to assume he has been kidnapped, based “on the indications we have”, a spokesman said.

He did not give the man’s name but said the man did not work for the German government, was not a German aid worker or a journalist.

A number of foreign citizens have been abducted in Afghanistan since 2001.

Italian reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo was released in March this year after five Taleban members were freed in exchange, but his driver, Sayed Agha, was beheaded.

Two French aid workers were also released in April and May this year after being kidnapped in Afghanistan.

India committed to Afghanistan’s reconstruction: Jaiswal

Rome, July 4 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Home, Sriprakash Jaiswal, has said that India is committed to the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan.

Speaking at the Rome Conference on Justice and the Rule of Law, Jaiswal said: “Our 750 million dollars partnership embraces a multi-dimensional co-operation programme being undertaken in virtually all parts of Afghanistan.”

The assistance is covering almost all sectors including justice, education, health, telecommunications transport and civil aviation, agriculture and irrigation, industry, power generation and transmission, information and broadcasting, as well as human resource development, he said.

Commenting on the assistance India is providing to Afghanistan in the justice sector, he said that India has undertaken important training programmes under the Indian Technical Economic Cooperation programme.

Afghan students have also been sent to law schools in India under our scholarship schemes, Jaiswal added.

He went on to say that India would depute experienced coaches and mentors for capacity development in the justice sector under the Capacity for Afghan Public Service project that is being undertaken jointly with the Afghan Government and United Nation Development Programme (UNDP).

India will also be willing to broaden its engagement in the field of technical police training, including the counter narcotics police, with the focus on strengthening leverages between police and prosecutors, the Minister said.

Jaiswal also said that India would also extend its support to Afghan Government for induction of a greater number of women in the police within the proposed police-judiciary co-operation framework.

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Written by afghandevnews

July 5, 2007 at 5:05 am

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