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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, received the leader of the UK Labor Party, Mr. Ed Milliband, this morning at the Foreign Ministry.
Dr. Rassoul expressed the gratitude of the Afghan government and people for the United Kingdom’s contributions to Afghanistan over the past decade, particularly in Helmand province.
“We have achieved a tremendous amount in Afghanistan over the past decade in the political, social and economic life of our citizens,” said Dr. Rassoul. “Britain’s role in these shared achievements has been particularly significant.”
Dr. Rassoul also briefed Mr. Milliband and his accompanying delegation on the importance Afghanistan attaches to promoting confidence and cooperation in the Heart of Asia region. He also underlined the importance of Afghanistan’s long-term strategic partnerships with its international allies, including the United Kingdom, in sustaining the trust and confidence of the Afghan people in the future.
Dr. Rassoul also said the overwhelming approval of the Afghan-US long-term strategic partnership by the Wolesi Jirga today “showed the unanimity of Afghans of all walks in preserving the progress of the past decade and maintaining our close cooperation with the world in the interest of peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and the wider region.”
Mr. Milliband said his party would continue to encourage the UK government’s cooperation with Afghanistan. Mr. Milliband’s delegation included the British ambassador in Kabul, Sir Richard Stagg, and senior members of the Labor Party.
 

Saturday, 26 May 2012 06:24

Badakhshan Students Protest Against ISAF

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Faizabad (BNA) Students staged a protest against foreign forces for detaining their schoolmates and teachers in northeastern Badakhshan province on Thursday. 
Two university lecturers, two school teachers and as many students were detained during a joint operation by Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel in the Gul Dara area on the outskirts of Faizabad, the provincial capital. 
Deputy police chief, Col. Sakhidad Haidari, told a laptop and three mobile phone sets were recovered from the detainees, but the reason for their rest way yet to be known. 
Hundreds of Badakhshan University students blocked city roads and gathered in front of the governor’s office at around 11:30 am, but police fired into the air to pipers them. 
The teachers and students were innocent and did nothing against the government, said one of the protestors, Fakhruddin Qairizada, who demanded they should be released immediately.
 

Saturday, 26 May 2012 06:22

Taliban Not To Return To Power: ISAF

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Kabul (BNA) ISAF spokesman has said that the Taliban will not return to power after 2014 when the NATO-led force leave Afghanistan. 
Addressing a press conference, General Jacobson said that NATO-led ISAF would continue to support Afghan security forces in war against terror and the Chicago summit also gives this message the world community would stand alongside Afghanistan and it is clear that Taliban will not return to power.
 

Saturday, 26 May 2012 06:21

20 Afghan Youth To Go France

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A 20 member group of Afghan youth would go to France for higher education. 
In a meeting held yesterday between the officials with the ministry for higher education and French embassy here, minister for higher education Dr. Obaidullah Obaid said that the process of sending for higher education to have educated cadres is going on fairly. 
He also said 20 out of 200 candidates attended the test, have been chosen for education in France to obtain Master Degree in agriculture, law and French literature. 
France has provided 150 scholarships for PHD and MA for Afghan youths since 2002.
 

Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:38

MoU On TAPI Project Signed

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop gas Tran’s pipe from Turkmenistan to Pakistan onward to India through Afghanistan has been inked. 
Minister for Mines Wahidullah Shahrani and Biram Gaildi the Minister for Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan signed the agreement on behalf of their respected governments. 
Spokesman of the ministry of mines Jawad Omar said that Afghan delegation headed by minister Shahrani left for Turkmenistan on May 22 and during his stay he also attended the third congress on Turkmenistan gas and renewed Afghanistan commitment towards providing facilities to trans-pipe line through Afghanistan. 
During his stay, minister Shahrani also held meeting with the minister for petroleum of Pakistan and Indian minister for oil and gas as well as vice president of Turkmenistan. 
Implementation of TAPI project requires some 10 billion US dollars.
 

Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:32

Rescue Operations Going On In Sar-i-Pul

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Saripul (BNA)  Efforts of rescue teams have been continuing in Sar-i-Pul province over the past one week to discover the victim of the devastating floods which have claimed the lives of 25 people and dozens others including women and children are missing. 
Dozens of houses have been washed away and hundreds of acres of farm lands were destroyed. 
Provincial governor Haqbeen said that 60 people including children are still missing and the rescue teams have been trying hard to discover their bodies.
 

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Kabul (BNA) NATO says that after Chicago summit the alliance new mission in Afghanistan is supporting Afghan security forces. 
In the summit attended by 50 nations, the participants pledged to train and equip Afghan security forces after 2014 when the NATO-led forces withdraw from Afghanistan. 
Secretary General of NATO Andors Fogh Rasmussen said that the military alliance and its allied nations had made strong commitment at Chicago to support and equip Afghanistan security forces to cope with security threat independently. 
In a statement released by NATO said that the process of security transition from NATO-led force to Afghan security forces going on smoothly and NATO by sending instructors would continue train and equip Afghan forces with light and heavy weaponry. 
NATO’s secretary general, according to the statement, however stated that challenges in Afghanistan are still lying ahead but the world community is determined to overcome, saying a peaceful Afghanistan benefits the region and the world. 
The NSATO-led forces are going to pull our Afghanistan by the end of the 2014. 
However, the political observers believe that the world community would equip and train Afghan security forces properly before leaving Afghanistan.
 

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Kabul (BNAS) France president Francois Hollande visited Kabul on Friday and held meeting with his Afghan counterpart president Hamid Karzai. 
Matters relating to bilateral relations, handing over security from NSATO-led force to Afghan security forces and French support in civilian fields came under discussion. 
Both the presidents also attended a joint press conference. 
President Karzai is sides welcoming his French counterpart and his entourage said that France is fan old friend of Afghanistan and have assisted Afghanistan on different fields. 
France, he said had built best school and hospital. President Karzai also congratulated Hollande over his election, saying his visit to farther depends the relations between the two nations. 
In his remarks at the press conference, president Hollande said French forces pullout is not the end of cooperation with Afghanistan. 
He said that France would continue to support Afghanistan in training of national police and army, in the reconstruction process, health, agriculture, cultural and education. 
Replaying a question president Karzai said: Our relations with Iran are very old and cordial and Afghanistan have been trying to have best relations with its brothers in Iran. 
We have cultural and linguistic commonality and we have clearly talked to our allied in NATO and inking strategic partnerships with US, France. 
Britain and NATO is not against any country.
Replaying another question, President Karzai said:  We have discussed the issue of equipping national army with our international friends and we are in contacts with NATO and Americans over the past several years to provide Afghan security forces with necessary weapons including radar and aircrafts in order to allow our forces to defend the country and hope they pay necessary attention.
 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is visiting Japan from 23 to 26 May 2012 on the invitation of the Government of Japan.
The Foreign Minister will hold bilateral talks with her Japanese counterpart Mr. Koichiro Gemba on bilateral regional and global issues of mutual interest.
The Pakistan Foreign Minister will also participate in the 18th Annual Conference on “Future of Asia”, sponsored by Nikkei Group, Japan. She will speak on ‘Pakistan’s Perspective on the Future of Asia’ i.e. how Pakistan is contributing and making efforts towards peaceful and sustainable development of Asia.
 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Nooristan (BNA) Nominated deputy governor of Nooristan was killed in an operation of NATO forces this noon. 
Shaikh Jameel was killed in his hideout in the vicinities of Waigal district. 
Ghulamullah Nooristani police official of Nooristan in a contact with BNA confirmed killing of Shaikh Jameel and said that he was killed in an operation of NATO forces in Astozjan area. 
According to him, another commander of armed Taliban has been killed in this operation as well. 
Police official of this province said the nominated deputy governor of Taliban directed largest terrorist attacks in this province. 
Nooristan province is in the east of Afghanistan, having 250 km joint border with Pakistan eyewitnesses of armed Taliban’s including of Pakistani fighters activities.  
T. Suraya-Yarzada