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Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) A landmark trade convoy linking landlocked Afghanistan to Turkey along the historic Lapis Lazuli route returned on Monday, successfully bringing back medicine, solar panels, and oil.
Starting in Afghanistan’s northern Faryab province, the resurrected route goes through Turkmenistan, passes the Caspian Sea, and goes through Azerbaijan and Georgia to reach the Turkish cities of Kars and Istanbul and finally ends in Europe.
Herat Governor Abdul Qayum Rahimi welcomed back the convoy of cargo trucks. He said technical and logistical glitches have been noted to deal with on future trips.
Named after Afghanistan’s precious gemstone, the Lapis Lazuli Route agreement was finalized after three years of talks and signed during the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA VII) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan last year.
Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yildiz signed the agreement on behalf of Ankara. Current projects to improve infrastructure and procedures across the five countries are estimated to exceed $2 billion, according to RECCA VII.
According to the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Afghanistan's annual import volume from Europe and Turkey through Iran is $900 million, but the country’s exports to European nations total $6 million a year.
Anadolu Agency

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:25

Eight Anti-government Militias Kill in Ghazni

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) At least eight armed oppositions were killed during joint military operation in Ghazni province.
Col. Fazul Khuda Ibrahimkhail spokesman of 203 Tander army corps told BNA correspondent, the militants were killed during a military operation led by Afghan security forces in relevant areas of Andar district of the province.
Two more terrorist were injured and seven round of mines have been discovered and neutralized following the operation, Ibrahimkhail added.

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghan security forces by discovering and defusing 18 round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent several bloodiest incident in eastern provinces of the country.
The mines have been discovered and neutralized by Afghan security personnel in various parts of Kunar, Nangarhar and Laghman provinces.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the east of the country told BNA reporter, the mines had been planted by Taliban militants to target innocent civilians and Afghan security troops, but fortunately timely the mines have been discovered and defused.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:37

Hundreds of Books Granted to MoIC

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Kabul University lecturer Prof. Ismeal Yoon has granted 440 books to Ministry of Information and Culture. The books were submitted yesterday in presence of acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi to head of the ministry’s public libraries Hamidullah Shahrani. Praising Prof. Yoon for granting the books to the ministry, acting minister of information and culture said the books would be sent to public libraries of provinces.

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad discussed issues relating to the peace process, a statement from the Presidential Palace said Monday.
Members of the Peace Consultative Board, a negotiating delegation, some prominent politicians, political parties’ representatives, a number of scholars, members of civil society, youth, women, representatives of the private sector, some members of the house of people, and a number of high-ranking government officials have attended the meeting, held at the Delkusha Palace, the statement said. The statement quoted the president as saying that recently some key issues have been discussed about the peace process, but more action needed to achieve a lasting peace in the country.
“Complete trust and a government to governmental firm relation are secured based on the mutual interests has been strengthened between the two countries and are still steady,” he said adding they sharing cooperation to jointly work for peace. He added that the government has agreed on a new framework with Dr. Khalilzad and that the related information will be shared and consultations will go on, in the light of which, any actions will be taken. During the meeting, he said he wanted the Taliban and Pakistan to clarify relation with each other, and to explain what the relation was based on, as well as connection between them and the terrorist networks and their connection with economic crimes, the statement further said. Meanwhile Dr. Khalilzad said that they were going forward with the peace process, in light with the new plan. According to the statement, the US’s goal, along with Afghanistan, was an effort through diplomatic channels to establish lasting peace in the country, in order to maintain the interests of both countries and to reduce the cost of war. Dr. Khalilzad said the US is serious about the Afghan government and the people of Afghanistan being part of the peace process, but they want lasting peace that sees all values and achievements being preserved. He said there should be a point where the 40-year crisis ends.
“Our goal is not to find a way out, but our goal is to provide lasting peace in Afghanistan, and the expansion and strengthening of the two countries’ post-peace relations will be discussed with the Afghan government,” Khalilzad said. Pointing to the importance of the regional countries role in the peace process, Khalilzad said they were seeking peace and end of the 40-year old war, not in favor of any type of peace. “Peace is beneficial for both the region and Afghanistan,” said Khalilzad. He went on as saying the recent establishment of ground and air corridors for trade has shown that many opportunities still exist that could benefit all regional countries, including the neighboring Pakistan. Khalilzad said Pakistan needed to take practical steps in the peace process and added that although limited progress on the peace process has been made, it is still promising. “The US team discussed four topics at the recent meetings with the Taliban.
These included Taliban’s links with al-Qaeda, the presence of US troops in Afghanistan, direct talks with the Afghan government and a permanent ceasefire,” said the statement quoting the US’s Afghan peace reconciliation representative. According to Khalilzad, until an agreement has been reached on the four issues and that progress will not come to the light and the issue of a ceasefire and dialogue with the Afghan government are the most important issues. Dr. Khalilzad welcomed President Ghani’s initiative to hold a Peace Loya Jirga and that a women advisory meeting in which women activists from 34 provinces of the country were expected to attend, would be in the coming days.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:35

FM Meets Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of foreign affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met yesterday with Indian ambassador to Kabul Vinay Kumar. In the meeting, Indian ambassador to Kabul praised the sympathy of the people and government of Afghanistan for condemning the terrorist attack in Indian Kashmir. Acting minister of foreign affairs also considered terrorism as big threat to the world, asking all countries for seriously fighting terrorism. Both sides discussed bilateral relations, regional cooperation, counter-terrorism, and expansion of tripartite cooperation of Afghanistan-India-China, peace talks, presidential elections and holding peace consultative loya Jirga.

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture Chaired the commission on reviewing media violations and complaints on Monday, BNA reported.
Speaking on the agenda, Hasina Safi asked the mass media to consider national interests in their broadcasting, the agency said. “Under the sensitive condition, the country’s media should consider the national interests of the country and put it as their priority to win the trust of the people,” said the minister as quoted by agency. The meeting discussed eight complaints on media violations received by the commission with the needed decision made, said the agency.

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture Fazil Sancharaki, the meeting of cultural committee of commission on holding the National Day of Afghan Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) was held yesterday with participation of representatives of ministries of defense, education and hajj, president spokesperson office, Kabul municipality, radio and television of Afghanistan and members of the commission’s cultural committee. In the meeting, Sancharaki stressed that the National Day of ANDSF should be gloriously celebrated. Meanwhile, tasks and responsibilities of members of the committee were specified in the meeting and it was also stressed that efforts and sacrifices of the ANDSF should be further praised on the day. It is worth mentioning that the commission for holding the national day of ANDSF has been formed based on decree of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and is led by the country army chief of staff.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:31

Over 500 Kg Narcotic Drug Discovers in Paktia

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Counter-narcotic drug police personnel succeeded to discover more than 500 kg narcotic drug from eastern Paktia province.
Col. Raz Mohammad Mandozai police chief of Paktia told BNA reporter, 582 kg narcotic drug type of hashish have been discovered and seized by counter-narcotic drug police personnel in relevant areas of Ahmad Abad district of the province.
No one was arrested accused of the case, but police has started investigation regarding the case, the source added.

Monday February 18, 2019

MAIMANA CITY (BNA) More than 18 armed oppositions were killed during clashes with Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in northern Faryab province last night.
In-charge of press office in Faryab’s police headquarters told BNA, the conflicts was happened when a group of Taliban militants stormed on a security checkpoint in Arklek village, Qaisar district of Faryab province.
Esmatullah Esmatyar a local commander of Taliban is among the dead, while eight other terrorists were wounded following the clashes, the source added.
Taliban militants were forced to flee from the area, some heavy and light weapons and three motorcycles belonged to the terrorists have remained at the battlefield.
The source also confirmed the martyrdom of two Afghan security troops and injuring of another during the conflicts.

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