Politics Bakhtar News Agency is the official state news agency of the Afghan government, based in Kabul. The agency is a major source of news for all media in Afghanistan, gathering domestic and international news and providing information to outlets. http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af Tue, 23 May 2017 01:16:18 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb VP Danesh Inaugurates ‘Justice’ Good Governance and Sustainable Development’ Seminar http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28665-vp-danesh-inaugurates-‘justice’-good-governance-and-sustainable-development’-seminar.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28665-vp-danesh-inaugurates-‘justice’-good-governance-and-sustainable-development’-seminar.html

Monday May 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A seminar on justice, good governance and sustainable development was inaugurated by the speck of Second Vice-President, Sarwar Danesh, his office said the other day. According to the statement the seminar, which was organized the Attorney General Office (AGO) was attended by CE, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Justice, Mohammad Yousuf Halim, high-ranking officials from the chamber of commerce and industries and representatives from Afghanistan private sector, diplomats and representatives from the international institutes here in Kabul. The Vice-President said: “Governments have the responsibility of implementing the main targets of the sustainable development, but the role of traders, industrialists and producers is vital to help get access the targets.” He said the domestic investors and producers, by strengthening craft and productions the ground for work and accessibility to welfare would be provided for all and that the executive measure should be laid at the priority of the justice and judicial organs. “Elements like war and insecurity, bureaucracy and administrative ups and downs, administrative corruption, intense rules and non-operational and lack of needed facilities for the investors, were the main obstacles before the economic growth and investments in the country,” said Danesh adding this was the main policy of the government of national unity to remove the challenges and encourage the investors in the country. But, he pointed out to the problems faced by the private sector as saying lack of access to lasting power energy, high plot princes and lack of supportive tariffs were the main challenges before them. He said the government was fully committed to provide the ground for the growth and wide activity of the private sector further than ever, through firm battle against corruption, creation of transparency in the procurements and in the open bidding….establishment of a new-planned administration “Asan Khedmat” or easy service in Afghanistan, the statement quoted. He suggested for a special team work from both the government and the private sector to investigate their problems in the fields of rules, justice and judicial and security organs and present their written suggestions to the government to be made decision about, according to the statement. The private sectors’ authorized representatives are available in the high economic council and the ministries of finance, economy, commerce, telecommunication and other stakeholder organs should have constructive consultation with the private sectors representatives, said Danesh. CE, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also vowed that the government was alongside the people and society and was committed to ensure their security.

Politics Mon, 22 May 2017 12:53:08 +0000
Kuwait, Afghanistan To Resume Economic Expansion http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28664-kuwait-afghanistan-to-resume-economic-expansion.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28664-kuwait-afghanistan-to-resume-economic-expansion.html Kuwait, Afghanistan To Resume Economic Expansion

Monday May 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In a meeting between the country’s Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and the Kuwaiti non-residential ambassador , Mr. Ahmad Khalid Al-Jiran, some issues about the two countries’ relations have been discussed, CE office said the other day. The Kuwaiti non-residential ambassador asked for renewal and further expansion of economic deals between the two countries, as he said the two countries have better political relations, said the statement. He said Afghan industries exhibition should be held in Kuwait by the two countries chambers of commerce and industries for one week, and that the Kuwaiti Development Fund would be used to invest in Afghanistan, according to the statement. Al-Jiran emphasized on the investment of the private sector, said the statement quoting him as going on to ask for resumption of the two countries authorities official visits, said the statement asking for the opening of the Kuwaiti Life Fund (Hayat-e-Karima) in Afghanistan and activation of a joint working committee and finalization of the two countries agreements. The country’s Chief Executive said the two countries relations were good since the last long and that the trade deals between the two countries should be further expanded. He tasked the ministries of finance and foreign to pave the ground for the opening of the Kuwaiti Development Fund and activation of the joint working committee, as well as finalization of the two countries’ memorandum of understandings.

Politics Mon, 22 May 2017 12:51:54 +0000
President Ghani Congratulates Rouhani On Re-Election As President http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28662-president-ghani-congratulates-rouhani-on-re-election-as-president.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28662-president-ghani-congratulates-rouhani-on-re-election-as-president.html President Ghani Congratulates Rouhani On Re-Election As President

Monday May 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani congratulated Hassan Rouhani on his re-election as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, his office said in a statement. President Ghani, on behalf of Afghan people and government, in a message congratulated the people and government of Iran on Rouhani’s re-election, according to the statement. The president also congratulated the event on a phone conversation to the Iranian ambassador of Afghanistan, Muhammad-Reza Bahrami, the statement added. On the phone call, the president hoped that the ties between the two countries, as two close neighbors, develop on the basis of mutual respect and good-neighborliness more than ever. Hassan Rouhani was elected as the president of Iran for the second term on May 19 winning about 23 million votes (57%). The turnout was more than 40 million (70%).

Politics Mon, 22 May 2017 12:50:10 +0000
Minister Hakimi, S. Arabia’s FM Discuss Bilateral Ties http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28657-minister-hakimi-s-arabia’s-fm-discuss-bilateral-ties.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28657-minister-hakimi-s-arabia’s-fm-discuss-bilateral-ties.html Minister Hakimi, S. Arabia’s FM Discuss Bilateral Ties

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Finance, Eklil Hakimi during his visit from Saudi Arabia met the country’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-jubeir and both sides discussed series of issues, including peace process, bilateral relations and projects funded by Saudi Arabia, a statement from the ministry said yesterday. Minister Hakimi thanked Saudi Arabia for its continued support of Afghanistan.

Politics Sun, 21 May 2017 06:20:08 +0000
CE Congratulates Rouhani For Presidential Election Win http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28655-ce-congratulates-rouhani-for-presidential-election-win.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28655-ce-congratulates-rouhani-for-presidential-election-win.html CE Congratulates Rouhani For Presidential Election Win

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a statement has congratulated re-election of Dr. Hassan Rouhani as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“Afghanistan and Iran are two neighboring and brother countries and have common religion, culture and language as well as have good and historic relations which have considerably expanded and improved during your four years presidential period”, the statement said. The country’s Chief Executive hoped that good relations between the two countries would further improve and expand in counter terrorism, economic cooperation.

Politics Sun, 21 May 2017 06:16:09 +0000
President Ghani Receives Credentials of Kuwait, Slovakian Non-Resident Ambassadors http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28654-president-ghani-receives-credentials-of-kuwait-slovakian-non-resident-ambassadors.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28654-president-ghani-receives-credentials-of-kuwait-slovakian-non-resident-ambassadors.html President Ghani Receives Credentials of Kuwait, Slovakian Non-Resident Ambassadors

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received credentials of Kuwait and Slovakia’s non-resident ambassadors to Afghanistan during a ceremony held in presidential palace, a statement said.
According to presidential press office, during the ceremony which was also attended by Hekmat Khalil Karzai, the deputy minister of political affairs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President Ghani, Ahmad Khalid Al-Jiran of Kuwait and Lubomir Golian of Slavokia emphasized on enhancing bilateral ties between Afghanistan and their respected countries. Thanking Kuwait and Slovakia’s support to Afghanistan, President Ghani wished success to new ambassadors. The ambassadors also pledged to spare no effort in tightening the bilateral ties, the statement added.
Meanwhile, Abdul Khalid Al-Jiran convoyed Kuwait Amir’s greetings to President Ghani, inviting the president to pay visit to his country. He also said his country would support Afghanistan’s poor families through Kuwait’s Al-Hayat fund. Thanking the invitation, the president said would meet Kuwait Amir during his visit to Saudi Arabia and discuss the first phase of long-term cooperation between the two countries. The president also invited Kuwait businesspersons to visit Afghanistan and explore investment opportunities, the statement added. The Slovakian non-resident ambassador said his country was ready to help Afghanistan in military engineering field, restoration of the helicopters and exploitation of the mines. Thanking Slovakian support to Afghanistan, the president said Afghan military choppers needed restoration and it should be done inside the country, the statement concluded.

Politics Sun, 21 May 2017 06:13:28 +0000
President Leaves For S. Arabia To Attend US-Arab-Islamic Summit http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28652-president-leaves-for-s-arabia-to-attend-us-arab-islamic-summit.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28652-president-leaves-for-s-arabia-to-attend-us-arab-islamic-summit.html President Leaves For S. Arabia To Attend US-Arab-Islamic Summit

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has left Kabul for Saudi Arabia to attend the US-Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday.
The president was expected to meet custodian of the two holy mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, the country’s crown prince and heads of states participating the summit, the statement added. The President accompanied by Minister of Finance Eklil Hakimi, Abdul Salam Rahimi general director of the administrative office of the president, presidential senior advisor for infrastructures Dr. Mohammad Homayoun Qaiumi, President’s special envoy for political affairs Mohammad Akram Khpelwak and Shah Zaman Maiwandi presidential senior advisor on strategic and public relations, the statement concluded.

Politics Sun, 21 May 2017 06:10:42 +0000
Peace; Key Demand of Afghans, President Ghani http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28651-peace-key-demand-of-afghans-president-ghani.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28651-peace-key-demand-of-afghans-president-ghani.html Peace; Key Demand of Afghans, President Ghani

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met elders of representatives of Loy Kandahar to National Assembly here on Friday evening and urged them to support the government-led peace process, a statement from the presidential press office said.
Tofan Waziri, Senator Mohammad Hanif Hanifi and Gulalai Achakzai spoke on behalf of the elders. Despite insecurity and threats, they acknowledged President Ghani’s success in achieving economic development, regional cooperation and foreign policy, the statement added.
President Ghani welcomed the elders’ support for peace process, a key demand of the war-weary people, according to the statement. He remarked: “Peace is our main demand, to achieve this goal, we need to work together, public support, patience and flexibility.” Successful parleys had been conducted with the Hezb-i-Islamic Afghanistan based sincerity, a strong will, justice and legality. As a consequence, he added, the government was more interested in reconstruction. The President appreciated the people of the Khak-e-Safid district of southern Zabul province for driving terrorist groups from their areas – a good omen for Afghanistan’s peace, stability and progress. According to the president, the government was committed to improving the situation of all people, including women, and will provide essential facilities for them based on law.

Politics Sun, 21 May 2017 06:09:41 +0000
No Delay In Parliamentary Elections, Dr. Abdullah http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28641-no-delay-in-parliamentary-elections-dr-abdullah.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28641-no-delay-in-parliamentary-elections-dr-abdullah.html No Delay In Parliamentary Elections, Dr. Abdullah

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a gathering held on the occasion of commemoration the fourth martyrdom anniversary of chief for Baghlan provincial council Mohammad Rasoul Muhsini said he would not let postponement of holding parliamentary elections in the country.
In the gathering, the country’s chief executive asserted that he wanted no delay in holding presidential elections and would not let this happen, stressing on holding timely and transparent parliamentary and district councils elections.
According to another report, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met members of Pakistan Track II delegation here in Kabul. This delegation is composed of some former ministers of Pakistan, retired military men, experts and influential figures of that country.

Politics Sat, 20 May 2017 06:22:39 +0000
HIA Peace Deal To Encourage Other Groups To Reconcile, President Ghani http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28635-hia-peace-deal-to-encourage-other-groups-to-reconcile-president-ghani.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/28635-hia-peace-deal-to-encourage-other-groups-to-reconcile-president-ghani.html HIA Peace Deal To Encourage Other Groups To Reconcile, President Ghani

Saturday May 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with elders of southeastern Paktia province has said the success of peace agreement with Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) was made possible as a result of sincere efforts and strong commitments and hoped the agreement may encourage other rebel groups to join peace process, a presidential statement said on Friday.
The meeting was organized to commemorate the death of Haji Sardar Ahmadzai, a Jihadi and tribal personality. The president referring to the peace deal with HIA said the agreement was reached on the bases of sincerity, strong commitment, and judgment.
He hoped peace agreement with HIA would help encourage other militant groups to renounce violence and join the reconciliation process.
“You are the ambassadors of peace and stability with the valuable advises of you more ways for peace would be explored and further killing and destruction can be prevented,” President Ghani told the elders.
Maulavi Khaleq Dad, one of the tribal elders, congratulated the president over successful peace agreement with HIA which was an Afghan owned and led process. He hoped the continuation of this process would help to reconcile other groups as well.
Khaleq Dad thanked the president for condoling the demise of Sardar Ahmadzai and termed him honest and peace loving personality. He also thanked the president for economic and uplift projects and the success he achieved during the last more than two years.

Politics Sat, 20 May 2017 06:12:02 +0000