Afghanistan, Dec. 8 -- Officials from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan have announced that they have successfully sold over 20 carats of Panjshir emeralds in more than seven stages, totaling a value of two million US dollars.

On Thursday, Shihabuddin Delawar, the Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum of Taliban, emphasized during a press conference in Kabul that this quantity of Panjshir emeralds has been sold in seven stages.

He also added that so far, mining permits have been issued for 400 individuals in the province of Panjshir, with approximately 10,000 people employed in the mines under the Ministry.

Meanwhile, according to the Ministry's statements, they have signed 200 mining contracts in the past two years, ...