Afghan minister of economy said the two countries were trying to strengthen relations across the board in order to increase trade between Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

The minister of economy Abdul Sattar Murad has said that Tajikistan is willing to expand investments in Afghanistan’s power projects and railway links.

“Afghanistan and Tajikistan are two important and allied countries in the region, therefore we are trying to expand joint investments between Afghanistan and Tajikistan in various fields such as railways and road projects and water dams,” said Murad.

Meanwhile, Tajikistan’s minister of economy has stressed the need for the expansion of commercial routes between the nations.

“We have a lot in common, we are trying to pave the way for joint cooperation in line with the needs of our people; Afghanistan and Tajikistan need to be connected through more border routes so that more commercial and trade interactions between the two countries are conducted,” said Tajikistan’s minister of transport Khudayar Khudayayr Begzada.

The two officials made the remarks on Monday at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Trade, Social and Technical Cooperation between Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

The Tajik minister also said that trade volume between Afghanistan and Tajikistan has noticeably increased over the past three months.

Shingles, an elbow injury and illness…

It’s not been a great first half of 2017 for the world number one Andy Murray…

But in his latest BBC Sport column, he says he can improve in time for the second round of Roland Garros this week….

“It’s been a frustrating start to 2017 but hopefully the illness and injury problems are finally behind me just in time for some of the biggest tournaments of the year.

“I’m still coughing my way around Roland Garros as I get over the effects of my latest bout of sickness – the more I talk, the more I want to cough – but I felt fine during my match on Tuesday and happy to get through to the second round.”

Petra Kvitova

Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Day four of the French Open is another scorcher, and the Petra Kvitova comeback story carries the early interest on a toasty Court One – ‘The Bullring’.

The Czech has made a good start, a break up early on American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

BBC Sport will bring you live text and radio commentary (5 live sports extra) from Rafael Nadal and Aljaz Bedene’s matches from about 14:00 BST.

Kabul bomb: Diplomatic zone attack kills dozens

A powerful vehicle bomb has hit the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 80 people and injuring 350.

It struck near Zanbaq Square in the heavily fortified zone, with civilians said to be the main casualties.

The morning rush-hour blast was so strong it blew out windows and doors hundreds of metres away.

The Taliban have denied they carried out the attack. There has been no word so far from so-called Islamic State.

Both groups have been behind recent attacks in the country.

The BBC has said that Mohammed Nazir, a driver for the corporation’s Afghan service, died in the explosion.

Manchester attack: Abedi bought most bomb parts ‘himself’

Manchester suicide attacker Salman Abedi bought most of the components used to make the bomb himself, police have said.

Many of the bomber’s movements and actions were “carriedout alone” in the four days prior to the attack, Russ Jackson, head of the North West counter terrorism unit, said.

But police have yet to rule out whether he was part of a wider network.

Three men arrested over the attack were released without charge on Tuesday.

Det Ch Supt Jackson said much of the police investigation had been working through Abedi’s last movements.

Officers have examined his movements on CCTV and other interactions he had with people as well as phone calls he made.

Kenya opens Nairobi-Mombasa Madaraka Express railway

Kenya has opened a major new railway between the port city of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi, 18 months early.

The $3.2bn (£2.5bn) Chinese-funded line is the country’s biggest infrastructure project since independence.

It took three-and-a-half years to build, using Chinese track-laying technology.

The line is supposed to eventually connect South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi with Mombasa.

It is the country’s first new major railway in more than a century.