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Monday, 17 December 2012 07:36

FM To Visit Sri Lanka

Monday December 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Zalmai Rassoul the Minister of Foreign Affairs would visit Sri Lanka in near future, foreign ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai said.
Addressing a press conference here yesterday, the spokesman added that Dr. Rassoul during his stay to Sri Lanka would hold meeting with Sri Lanka president, foreign minister for economy of that country to discuss the matters pertaining development assistance of that country to Afghanistan.
The foreign minister would also present lecture in the center for strategic studies of the foreign ministry, Sri Lanka.
In the press conference, Mosazai also added that the objectives of Afghan ambassadors and diplomats conference which held in ministry of foreign affairs was to institutionalize the tradition of holding such gathering and comprehensive debates on the strategic planning of foreign affairs ministry in the next three years.
Replaying a question, the spokesman stated that there is no accurate report about killing 13 Afghans by Iran’s security personnel.
To another query, Mosazai said that the issue of second round of talks on security agreement between US and Afghanistan was discussed at the national security council of Afghanistan on Friday.
He also added that president Hamid Karzai would kick off his tour to US in the second week of January and will hold talks with President Barack Obama to exchange views on matters pertaining mutual interests.

Monday, 17 December 2012 07:35

US Continues Its Assistance To Afghanistan

Monday December 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Minister of National Defense Besmellah Mohammadi met with deputy special envoy of the US for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
At this meeting issue pertaining to security of Afghanistan and the region, development of national army, preparedness of Afghan forces in respect to transition of foreign forces to the Afghans, the successes of the national army in struggle against insurgency and the role of the neighboring countries in ensuring of security in the region were discussed.
Afghan defense Minister thanked the US for cooperation different spheres and especially in training and equipping of the national army and asked for long-term assistance of the US government to Afghanistan.
The minister noted that all the three phase of the security transition had been successful and now 75% of the security of the country is maintained by the Afghan forces.
The deputy head of US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan said that neighbors of Afghanistan should participate for peace, solidarity and ensuring of security in Afghanistan.
He expressed pleasure over the success of the Afghan forces especially the national army in the struggle against terrorism and promised that the US after 2014 will not refrain any cooperation in equipping of the Afghan forces and shall continue its assistance in different spheres.

Monday December 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Spokesman for the ministry of mines, Jawad Omar has rejected the report of Wall Street Journal on coal mine in Kohmard district as groundless.
The Wall Street Journal in a report released recently said that Afghans were hopeful the foreign investment in mineral field would help stabilize peace and security in the country.
According to the report of the paper, those sacked from the Kohmard coal mine had joined Taliban militants and thus the number of armed insurgents increased.
Meantime, Jawad Omar rejected the report as baseless; adding that work on the coal mine in kohmard is going on with the support of a Chinese firm.
The Chinese company, he said would construct a coal power plant to light Kohmard and utilize in Aynak copper mine.
However, Jawad Omar added that 300 tunnels of coal mine had been shut down in line with the decision of ministers’ council because they were used illegally by powerful figures and those lost their jobs have been absorbed in other projects of the ministry for mines.

Monday December 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Habiba Sorabi Governor of Bamyan, two members of parliament from Bamyan and some civil activists of the province met with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president.
Others attending the meeting were two members of parliament representing Bamyan at the House of People, the deputy ministers of public works, rehabilitation and rural development, deputy head of Breshna, representatives of civil society and political parties attended the meeting as well.
The governor of Bamyan and her accompanying delegation has come to Kabul to discuss the projects promised by the vice-president and his delegation to Bamyan.
At this meeting discussions were made on the development projects in Bamyan and the deputy ministers provided information on the development projects in Bamyan.
The deputy minister of rehabilitation and rural development said that the ministry intends that till the coming year around USD10 million will be expended in 420 villages of Bamyan under the National Solidarity Program, while another USD2 million will be expended on the road building projects in the province.
The deputy minister of public works noted that the ministry will construct the road that is connecting Bamyan city with the Dara Foladi and another 2/3 km of road remained from ex plan will be included in the new program and will be asphalted.

Monday, December 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The minister for refugees and repatriation affairs Dr. Jamahir Anwari has termed Pakistan decision with regard to refugees as unilateral and unjustifiable.
He said the decision of Pakistani government to extend the residence permit of Afghan refugees for six months breaches the previous agreement, saying in the tripartite talks among Afghanistan, UNHCR and Pakistani government held in Lahore on 7th and 8th December the Afghan side called for three years extension of refugees stay in Pakistan and Pakistani prime minister promised to refer the case to the parliament.
Dr. Anwari while expressing sorrow over the Pakistani decision noted the ministry for refugees and repatriation affairs would take the issue to the cabinet and seeks president’s attention in this regard. 
A senate member Nisar Haris who accompanied a parliamentary delegation to Pakistan said that Pakistani Premier Raja Perviz Musharaf during the meeting stated that refugee’s repatriation will be voluntary.

Monday, December 17, 2012
Herat (BNA) The saffron produced in Herat has obtained first position in an exhibition held in France recently. 
In the exhibition where saffron from 16 countries were put on display, the Afghan saffron with its high quality was welcomed by thousands of farmers, visitors and companies, an officials with saffron process body in Herat said yesterday. 
Saffron which produced in Afghanistan, according to the officials, is the best one, keeping in mind its perfume, color and taste. 
Meantime, experts opined that saffron would gradually replace drug cultivation and its production in the country.

Monday, 17 December 2012 06:59

Senate Holds Session

Monday, December 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Senate in its session with first deputy of house, Mohammad Alam Azyedyar on the chair held session yesterday, press office of the house said. 
In the session, according to the source the Stockholm convention on organism chemistry, chemical goods and multilateral agreement for formation of an international research body on the landlocked countries was discussed and approved the trio international conventions. 
Senators Najiba Hussaini and Humira proposed the debate on the mentioned subjects.
The seven-members fact finding missions after returning from Herat also presented their reports on the problems of traders, refugees, displaced people, families of those killed in Iran and those expelled by Iran to the upper house.

Monday, 17 December 2012 06:56

EU To Assist Afghanistan

Monday, December 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The European Union (EU) would continue to assist Afghanistan some 1.5 billion Euros until 2017, the spokesman for finance ministry Wahid Tawhidi said yesterday.
He also added that the EU had promised funding 60 million Euros to the agriculture and 125 million Euros to Afghanistan and negotiation in this regard is going on. 
The spokesman also said that the EU had provided more than 222 million Euros to Afghanistan.
The finance ministry he said is grateful to the contribution of EU for its new commitment towards Afghanistan.

Monday, December 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim First Vice President met with the ambassadors and general consuls of Afghanistan who are here for attending the annual conference of ambassadors and general consults, at presence of foreign minister and deputy ministers of the ministry.
Addressing the ambassadors and the general consuls at the reception hosted for them at the Gulkhana palace, Marshal Fahim said that you are a pattern for every Afghan and the source of honor for your country. 
Your efforts in introducing Afghanistan to the world have caused that that now we attained special place within the world community and the US.
He stressed that the conference you attended in Kabul has its importance in compiling the policies and strategic plans for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the basis of which the diplomats can better serve their people.

Monday, December 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met with some members of Faurane Noor Hekmat association at the Presidential Palace.
At this meeting in which some women from Balkh, Herat and Kabul had taken part, they provided information on activities of the association to the president.
At the meeting Suhaila Attayee on behalf of others expressed her views with respect to improving of social status that caught the attention of President Karzai.