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Saturday June 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
President Jeenbekov, Excellencies Heads of State and Government, Ladies and Gentlemen
Despite the specter of global uncertainty, the SCO member states have reasons for celebration and optimism, adherence to the Shanghai spirit has not only resulted in overcoming of inherited problems but has also creating the platform for the historic transformation of Euro-Asia into a continental economy.
Congratulations to China on Revolution’s 70th anniversary and President Xi on his birthday tomorrow, to PM Modi on his strong mandate from the people of India, and President Tokyo on his election.  I thank Iran and Russia for recognizing our independence a hundred years ago and having close cooperation with us today. Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have been reintegrating us into Central Asia, and are now our largest trading partners. I also like to thank India and Iran for the air corridor and for the Chabahar corridor. I am looking forward to a comprehensive and constructive dialogue with PM Khan on June 27th.  I would like to thank all the leaders who have spoken for highlighting the need for a political solution to Afghanistan’s conflict. And I look very much forward to working with the Shanghai Core Group to seek and ensure an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process.
We, the majority of the Afghan people, are relentlessly pursuing our vision of building the institutions of our Islamic Republic, enjoying internal peace and national unity and solidarity, serving as a hub of regional connectivity and a center of Islamic learning, and functioning as an Asian Roundabout and a platform of regional and global cooperation.    To realize this vision, we are holding presidential elections on September 28, focusing on peace, implementing a program of self-reliance, investing in regional connectivity and renewing our international and regional partnerships.
As a free, fair, inclusive and transparent election is the test of a constitutional order, we invite international observers and observers from Shanghai Cooperation Council to monitor our elections.   Our mandate for seeking peace with the Taliban comes from the resolution of the April 29-May 2 Consultative Loya Jirga, fully 3,200 elected members, over 30% of whom were women and 60% of youth, from all the districts and all the social strata of our nation created a roadmap consisting of 23 items for the future of the Afghan state; the Afghan state and people are resolutely implementing this roadmap.
To demonstrate self-reliance, we have our increased the revenue by 90%, are rationalizing expenditure – as an illustration, expecting $1 billion this year alone on savings on the security expenditure, and through passing of over 400 laws and regulations have created a solid legal foundation for the development of our vast natural wealth, including the exceptional mineral resources.   Becoming a roundabout for energy and transport corridors between Central and South Asia, and Iran and the Gulf is in the process of realization. In short, compared to five years ago, the building blocks of securing Afghanistan’s future as a stable and self-reliant country in the heart of Asia are falling into place.
Narcotics, terrorism, and war, however, threaten both our wellbeing and the security of CSO members and observers.   In a recent operation in the Farah province, our security forces eliminated 53 laboratories, inflicting an estimated $1billion on the drug dealers.   What is new is that the production has gone beyond opium and heroin to methamphetamine.  Every parent in the region and the world should be concerned and every government should help with analysis and action against this dangerous development.
While there is consensus on the threat of terrorism and we have been cooperating with all of you to reduce the threat to your security, sufficient consensus on a regional approach to our collective security and wellbeing is in need of building.   Required is an understanding of the drivers and supporting systems to deal with a threat that is certainly medium-term and possibly long-term.   We hope that the UN strategy can be turned into a resolution and a comprehensive action program and that we can enhance regional and global cooperation.
The war in and over Afghanistan is multi-dimensional but reaching a peace agreement with the Taliban is a key component for reduction of violence.   We consider the US commitment to a political solution to be credible and are coordinating well to build the necessary international consensus with all our partners on peace.   Breakthroughs however require regional consensus on peace and addressing Taliban’s interdependencies with their supporters. Given the opportunities and threats, we propose the following.
First, to overcome the risk of fragmented approaches to peace, a regional and international coalition for peace should be formed to work with us to create a coherent framework for dialogue and negotiations.  A coherent framework will result in quicker action and implementation. Second, as international experience demonstrates that neighbors of countries in conflict are the greatest economic beneficiaries of peace, we propose the formation of a regional task force to work with the Shanghai group to develop bankable programs and projects for regional connectivity and poverty reduction.
Third, given the clear and present threat of narcotics to our children, we propose that the issue of narcotics as a driver of conflict and criminality be comprehensively addressed within the peace-making and peace-building framework. Fourth, terrorist networks are determined to rob us of a secure future.   Agreeing to a regional framework is, therefore, in all of our interests.
The cost of conflict to us, particularly our civilian population, is very real that is why we seek a political solution. However, the Afghan armed forces are valiantly defending our country and are not at risk of collapse. For 40 years, we, the Afghan people, have suffered from imposed violence and destruction.   A peaceful and secure Afghanistan will have second and third order benefits for the region, all the members and observers of SCO and the world.   We count on your support and partnership for helping us assume our rightful place as an Asian roundabout in the Euro-Asian continental economy and global systems of cooperation.  I would like to once again thank President Jeenbekov, and the great people of Kyrgyzstan for their exceptional hospitality and attention to us. I would also like to congratulate President Putin on assuming the chairmanship. We look very much forward to working with Russia during your chairmanship to harness the spirit of Shanghai for bringing peace and stability not only to Afghanistan but also regional cooperation and prosperity for all of us.
Thank you
 

Saturday, 15 June 2019 08:56

Taliban Militants Killed By ASF Conflict

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kandahar (BNA) Eight armed Taliban militants were killed by Afghan security forces conflict in Kandahar province this morning.
The militants were targeted in Maiwand District while terrorist and destructive activities.
ANA media official in the east of the country told BNA, in the clash eight Taliban were killed.
The Taliban riding motorcycle were suppressed while terrorist activities, he added.
It is mentionable that no harm and losses incurred to residents and security troops in the clash.
Another report says, a series of blasts were prevented in Kandahar province this morning.
Security officials discovered and defused eight mines from crowded areas of the Kandahar province and prevented from deadly event.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Herat (BNA) Offensive attack of Taliban and capturing of Gonabad region, Oba District prevented by security forces.
Armed Taliban in a missive gathering wanted to capture police checkpoints and Gonabad region, Oba District, faced with sever resistance of security forces and inflected heavy casualties to Taliban.
General Aminullah Amarhail police chief of Herat said, 20 armed Taliban were killed and ten others have been injured in the clash.
He also confirmed martyring of two militaries in the conflict.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 15 June 2019 08:52

Bomb Blast Took The Life of Ethnic Elder

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Gardiz (BNA) An ethnic elder has lost his life in explosive of a bomb in Paktia province.
According to reports, a bomb was planted in a vehicle of an ethnic elder and exploded in Shahr-e-Naw bazar, Samkani District.
Sardar Wali Tabasom police spokesman of Paktia told BNA, in the blast the ethnic elder lost his life and two others have been wounded.
So far, the identity of the attackers is not clear yet, security officials of Paktia said, investigation started to identity and arrest the culprits of the event.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 15 June 2019 06:30

Commentary

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) June 14 is the mother day, the mother who lays the base of the family and exercises of having high spiritual value.
BNA social affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes June 14 as a mother day is a good opportunity for valuing the services of a creature full of patience, compassionate and kindness.
Determining a day in a year to honor the mother does not reflect correctly the rights and services of this heavenly creature deserves.
Although a day in a year has named after mother for honoring the status of mother but cannot explain truly the devotions and the services the mothers carry out for training and bring up their sons and children.
In Afghan community, the mothers are facing numerous problems not justifiable among them is continuing war that daily takes the lives of dozens of the citizens and makes   a number of mothers mournful and deadly sad.
There is no bitter incident than this that the Afghan mothers daily receives the coffins of their children who lose their lives in defense of homeland or martyred in terrorist attacks in the city or in the offices. 
The reality is this that the mothers, sisters and couples in Afghanistan are carrying the heavy weight of problems and are the main victim of fighting and other problems of Afghan community and just naming a day after mother cannot reduce the pains and agonies the mothers daily sustained.
Official sources say that presently there are about two million women and girls without Gardiners and six thousands widows in Afghanistan.  Have we really helped these people in the framework of Mather Day as they deserved? 
In addition of war, terror and explosions which have made the mothers in Afghanistan mournful, they are also suffering from other social problems such as violence, poverty and social injustice. The mothers and women in the country are the most oppressed strata in our community that is not just.
There are many mothers and women in Afghan community, suffering from social and family problems and the main victims of social injustice.
We should seek proper ways according to Afghan traditions and Islamic law for pleasing the mothers, because just saying them congratulation for the occasion of mother day is not enough. The day cannot reduce the persistent pains and agonies that are insecurity, daily slaughtering children, poverty and social and economic problems. We can overcome the above problems only when we remove the mother day from its symbolic way and change it in to a means for knowing the realities of women’s life in the country. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The meeting of the council of heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states began in Ala-Archa state residence in Bishkek on June 14.
President Ashraf Ghani who left Kabul for Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan on Thursday addressed the Shangai Cooperation Organization’s summit saying break-through in the Afghan peace process will take time without a regional consensus and addressing Taliban’s independencies with their supporters.
President Ghani said that despite the uncertainly, the SCO member states have reasons for optimism, for adherence to the Shanghai spirit has not only resulted in overcoming of inherited problems but has also created the platform for the historic transformation of Euro-Asia into a continental economy.
“We consider the US commitment to a political solution to be credible and are coordinating to build the necessary international consensus on peace.  But without a regional consensus on peace and addressing Taliban’s interdependencies with their supporters, breakthroughs will take time,” President Ghani said.
The President went on saying that the Afghan government’s mandate for seeking peace with the Taliban comes from the 23-point resolution of the recent Consultative Loya Jirga, whose 3,200 elected members represented the men and women of Afghanistan.
He said that “although the Afghan war is multi-dimensional, reaching a peace agreement with the Taliban is a key component for the reduction of violence”.
Addressing the summit, President Ghani made four suggestions on Afghan peace: A regional and international coalition for peace should be formed, A regional task force should be formed to develop bankable programs and projects for regional connectivity and poverty reduction, The issue of narcotics as a driver of conflict and criminality should be comprehensively addressed within the peace-making and peacebuilding framework, and finally, agreeing to a regional framework for fighting terrorism.
President Ghani said the Afghan government will hold the presidential elections on September 28, focus on peace, implement a program of self-reliance, invest in regional connectivity an renew its international and regional partnerships to pursue the vision of building the institutions of the Republic.
“As a free, fair, inclusive and transparent election is the test of a constitutional order, we invite international observers to monitor the process,” he said.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a prosperous and secure Afghanistan will benefit the SCO member countries.
“Peaceful, united, safe and prosperous Afghanistan is an important factor for stability and security in the Excellencies, SCO area, “Modi said.
“Our aim is to support the efforts of the government and Afghanistan for Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled inclusive peace process.”
Modi said that the roadmap of the further action of the SCO Afghanistan contact group is ready.
The SCO summit was attended by President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of China Xi Jinping, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Joomari Tokayev, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The heads of observer nations that participated the summit were President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with US special representative for Afghanistan peace Zalmay Khalilzad, accompanied by US ambassador to Kabul John Bass on Thursday evening at his residential.  In the meeting, both sides discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan peace process, stressing on peace priorities for Afghanistan and achieving a just and enduring peace.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting and Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Idrees Zaman hosted a meeting with the participation of United States’ Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad and ambassadors of the People’s Republic of China, Republic of India and the Russian Federation as well as ambassadors and representatives of other countries of the region, a statement from the MoFA said on Thursday.
Extending a welcome to the participants, Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman appreciated Dr. Khalilzad’s efforts with regards to peace and negotiations with the Taliban and called for increased involvement of the regional countries in the peace talks.
Deputy Minister Zaman noted Afghanistan’s efforts in encouraging the regional countries’ further involvement in the peace process and mentioned of meetings such as the “Senior Officials Meeting of the Herat of Asia-Istanbul Process” and his recent trip to Islamabad which was held in the framework of ‘Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity’, as examples of such efforts, the statement added.  Meanwhile, Khalilzad also briefed the Deputy Foreign Minister and other participants on the sixth round of talks with the Taliban, noting that progress was made during his sixth round of talks with the Taliban and added, “The support of the regional countries to the process can expedite the process” and called for further coordination and cooperation of the countries of the region in the peace process.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh participated and delivered speech in a conference titled ‘Open Justice and Role of People in Judicial Organs’ held on Late Thursday.
In the conference, second vice president considered open justice and open government as two new concepts, delivering a new dimension of democracy.
Danesh said that Afghanistan joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2016, adding that after holding the last Global Summit of Open Government Partnership in Canada, it was decided that Afghanistan should codify and approve its second national action plan in connection with open government.  “Today, I’m suggesting in this conference that the second national action plan of open government, open justice and other essential judicial issues should be included in the plan to make the government implement it,” Danesh stressed.
He added lots of efforts have been made for creating relevant mechanisms and policies for open government and open justice during the past four years.
In the conference, Danesh further said that transparency in finance and being responsive in incomes and properties as well as open trial were two important principles in open government and open justice.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Daesh group in Afghanistan is a “very worrisome” threat to the United States, and US counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions, Head of US Central Command Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said Wednesday, according to Military Times report.
“ISIS (Daesh) in Afghanistan certainly has aspirations to attack the United State,” McKenzie said. “It is our clear judgment that as long as we maintain pressure on them it will be hard for them to do that.”
\McKenzie, with responsibility for managing American military operations across the greater Middle East, spoke in Germany with reporters returning home with him from an eight-day trip that took him to Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
He also spent two days aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea.
He stopped at Germany’s Ramstein air base to refuel his airplane before flying to this headquarters in Florida.
Earlier this week, the Associated Press cited US, and Afghan security officials in reporting that the Daesh group in Afghanistan is expending its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries.
McKenzie, a veteran of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, said he believes ISIS in Afghanistan has not expanded its capabilities but remains a big problem.
“They are very worrisome to us” in their strongholds in eastern Afghanistan, he said, adding that combat operations have failed to reduce the group’s fighting ranks.  Others have said they are thought to number in the thousands.
The Daesh affiliate appeared in Afghanistan shortly after the group’s core fighters swept across Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014, carving out a self-styled Islamic empire in both countries.
The Afghanistan affiliate refers to itself as the Khorasan Province, a name applied to parts of Afghanistan, Iran and central Asia in the middle Ages.
US forces in Afghanistan are combatting the Daesh group separately from their mission of advising and assisting Afghan defense forces in their battle against the Taliban.

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