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Saturday, December 17, 2011
Kabul (BNA) US Defense Secretary addressing a joint press conference with President Hamid Karzai has said that the US is committed in its long-term cooperation with Afghanistan. 
He added that Afghanistan not only has US support and the region, but the international community’s support towards moving to stability and further strengthening. 
Appreciating efforts of the Afghan authorities in enabling the security forces for defending their country, said that ensuring the security of the Traditional Loya Jirgah attests to our claim. 
He noted that as a result of sacrifices of the Afghan and international forces, the first phase of security transitional were successfully ended and the second phase of transition has been declared by the President of Afghanistan and this is a great progress indeed. 
He stressed further that we are committed that the blood the Afghan and the US forces have shed and accepted sacrifices will not be wasted. 
He added further that we shall reach our objective of a free Afghanistan with national sovereignty and self-reliant, that ensure its security on its own and there should no terrorists.
He described further that in his meeting with President Karzai we discussed our joint achievements including that how Pakistan will be prepared to work for further regional cooperation and stability in Afghanistan.
Welcoming the US defense Minister President Karzai said that we discussed current situation of Afghanistan and the region, strategic relations of Afghanistan and the region, strategic relations of Afghanistan with the US, training of Afghan security forces.  Answering a question President Karzai said Afghan-US cooperation has brought about security and stability in the country and this stability take us to better further, however, what has not been accomplished is individual security of the people against the attacks. 
As regards intrusion of US drone into Iranian air space president Karzai said that the Iranian government has sent a note to us in this respect and our foreign ministry if following this issue. 
President Karzai added that is committed to a perfect relation with its neighbors and during the past ten years the US and Iran has realized the position of Afghanistan has been partner in presence of the international forces and the US is also the great friend of our people. 
Having common cultural and linguistic bonds with Iran, Afghanistan will continue its ties with Iran and do not want to involve itself in the tension prevailing in US-Iran relations. 
We are desirous that they be friends and the Afghan national sovereignty and territorial integrity should not be utilized against any of them.  

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai in his 15 day radio address asked the students of schools and universities of the country to use the winter vacation for following their education and upgrading their knowledge. 
Addressing the students he added that they should carry out their routine activities in an organized plan and envisages work, entertainment, sports and education during the winter vacations. 
He also asks them that by enrolling at the winter courses allocated for some subjects in the education ministry schools use as much as they can and try to improve their skills and learn foreign languages and computers so they can utilize the contemporary knowledge. 
He also asked the parents to organize a plan on the bias of which they engaged in education and entertainments and reiterated that if they keep away from pen and books they will face problem in the beginning of the new education year. 
The president emphasized that the children should be prevented from excess entertainment or they are placed in isolation. 
At this address he asked the graduated of the country to focus on their subjects in order to be able to easily enter into the higher educational institutions.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Kabul (BNA) A consultative meeting of Jihadi leaders and national political figures was chaired by President Karzai to follow up discussions on the issue of setting a practical mechanism and conditions for talks with armed opposition. 
A similar meeting was held on Tuesday, where participants agreed to continue the discussions on the important issues of national concern. 
The meeting focused, in particular, on agreeing to lay down a practical mechanism and to set specific conditions for talks with the opposition. 
It was emphasized that the peace process be pursued in a manner that is led and owned by Afghans. 
The meeting also agreed for a known address or office for the armed opposition established only for the purpose of negotiations. 
It was stressed in the meeting that the office or address to represent Taliban for negotiations be based inside Afghanistan and in case the ground is not paved for the office to open in Afghanistan, then it should be located in a Muslim country preferably Saudi Arabia or Turkey. 
The participants in the meeting underlined that before any peace talks begin the conflict and violence against the people of Afghanistan must stop. 
It was also decided that no other country or entity should intervene in the process without the agreement of the government of Afghanistan. 
It was strongly noted in the meeting that respect and preserving the achievements gained over the past ten years as well as respect to the Constitution remains as basic conditions for negotiations. 
Participants in today’s meeting included Vice President Marshal Fahim, Prof. Mujaddedi, Pir Gilani, Salahuddin Rabani, Haji Mohammad Muhaqiq, Qeyamuddin Kashaf, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, Haji Deen Mohammad, Sayd Mansoor Naderi, Senior Minister Arsala, Gul Rahman Qazi,  Sulaiman Yari, Maulavi Arsala Rahmani, Foreign Minister Dr. Rasoul, Dr. Sadiq Mudabir and Abdul Karim Khuram.

Brussels,( BNA)– Today, Gen Sher Mohammed Karimi, Chief of the General Staff of the Afghan Armed Forces, met with the NATO Military Committee in ISAF format to discuss Afghanistan. Discussions focussed particularly on the development of the Afghan National Army and the training and education capabilities of the Afghan Training Command and Educational Institutions.

LtGen Walter Gaskin, Acting Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, recalled the outcome of the Bonn Conference (5 Dec.) and the meeting of the NATO Foreign Ministers (7 Dec) as demonstration of the International Community’s commitment to Afghanistan. In his opening remarks, he praised the progress made so far by the Afghan National Army and reaffirmed the need to continue to support Afghanistan throughout the transition process and beyond. In the framework of the Enduring Partnership, a key milestone will be the package of concrete assistance measures to be agreed at NATO’s next Summit in Chicago in May 2012.

In a spirit of reciprocal trust and appreciation, Gen Karimi expressed his gratitude towards NATO efforts in Afghanistan. He emphasized the improvements achieved by the Afghan military, particularly in the fields of education, gender and training. Thanking NATO’s Allies and Partners, he assured the Military Committee that the valuable support given by their nations is most appreciated and that their sacrifice will not be wasted. Indeed, this is a solid base on which to build stability for the Afghan population and for the wider region.

Thursday, 15 December 2011 05:01

Afghanistan recalls ambassador from Qatar

KABUL(BNA): Afghanistan has recalled its ambassador to Qatar for 'consultations


"The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has had brotherly relations with the government of Qatar, which it thanks for its cooperation on the reconstruction of Afghanistan," the ministry's official statement said which has been sent to Bakhtar News Agency.

"But regarding recent developments in Afghanistan and in the region, including Afghanistan's relations with Qatar, the Afghan government has decided to recall its ambassador Khaled Ahmad Zekerya from Doha for the purpose of some consultations."

the Afghan government was aware that Qatar has held talks with the US and Germany on allowing a Taliban office to open
.

Western diplomats have said it is hoped the opening of a Taliban office would push forward the prospect of talks intended to reconcile insurgents with the Afghan government and bring an end to the decade-long war

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 13:02

Khan Sheen District Governor Martyred

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Kabul (BNA) District Governor of Khan Sheen was martyred in a mine explosion this afternoon in Helmand province.
It is said, in this event, a national security directorate person and a policeman was martyred and three other policemen got injures.
Dawod Ahmadi Spokesman of Helmand Governor told this news agency, Masoud Khan District Governor of Khan Sheen while returning from elimination process of poppy farms and evaluation of people’s problems, his car faced with a roadside mine and martyred.
Doctors in the central hospital of Helmand province called the health condition of policeman critical.
Translated by: Rateb

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 12:00

50 Civilians Joined Local Police

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Kandahar (BNA) 50 civilians were joined to local police in Kandahar province. 
Neyaz Mohammad Sarhadi governor of Zheri district said to BNA, these men joined to local police rank for ensuring better security and order in Zheri district. 
These local policemen have received primary techniques, using of arms and dealing with people by experts of security commandment of that province. 
He called joining of these policemen useful in insurance of peace in that province.   
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 11:41

Recreational Park To Construct In Maidan-Shaher

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Maidan Shaher (BNA) The construction work of a recreational park was commenced in the center of Maidan-Wardak province today. 
The mentioned park under the name of Park Solha (Peace Park) will be constructed from development budget of municipality of that province. 
Engineer Mahmood care-taker of Maidan-Wardak municipality said to this news agency, this park will be constructed on an area of 12 jiribs of land at the cost of Afs 5 million within 4 months. 
The park will have playground for children, green areas, proper palace for families and elders and other facilities.
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Maimana (BNA) A 7 member group of armed insurgents led by commander Qader were joined to peace process in Faryab province yesterday. 
Ahmad Jaweed Bedar spokesman of Faryab governor said to BNA, the mentioned group previously had activity against government in Ghool Bayan village, Garzewan district of Faryab province, was joined to peace process with their hand arms. 
These insurgents handed over their heavy and light arms to security forces, said the source. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Maidan-Shaher (BNA) Armed men of Islamic Party killed four Taliban including 2 commanders of them in Narkh district of Maidan Wardak province yesterday. 
Shahidullah Shahid spokesperson for Maidan-Wardak governor said to this news agency, a clash took place between armed men of Islamic Party and Taliban in Dadel area, Nerkh district in which four Taliban were killed. 
Mohammad Hanif Hanifi governor of Nerkh district said to BNA, among the killed Taliban, two local commanders of Taliban, Mullah Ibrahim and Mullah Naiem are included. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada