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 Thu, 24 Sep 2020 21:14:20 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Acting Foreign Minister Meets Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44131-acting-foreign-minister-meets-delegation-of-the-islamic-republic-of-iran.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44131-acting-foreign-minister-meets-delegation-of-the-islamic-republic-of-iran.html Acting Foreign Minister Meets Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Thursday September 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who arrived in Kabul to open a special exhibition of municipal services on Wednesday.
MoFA by releasing a statement reported BNA, Mr. Bahadur Aminian, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Kabul and Engineer Homayoun Hairi, Deputy Minister for Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, attend this meeting that took place at the Storai Palace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Welcoming the Iranian delegation to Kabul, Minister Atmar talked of the long-standing and historical relations between the two nations, and thanked the Iranian government and people for their cooperation in various fields, including the fight against the COVID-19.
Mr. Atmar called the strengthening and expansion of economic collaboration and trade between Afghanistan and Iran important. He added that opening of the Iranian industrial exhibition “Water, Sewerage, Urban Services and Communications" in Kabul as a good initiative to strengthen cooperation in these fields between the two countries.
Mr. Hairi called the strengthening of economic, political, security and tourism cooperation between Afghanistan and Iran in the interest of the governments and peoples of the two neighboring countries. He hoped that Afghanistan and Iran have comprehensive cooperation and work in the areas of trade and transit, electricity and regional connectivity soon.
In this meeting, both sides discussed other important issues including trade cooperation, transit, transportation, joint work for wind energy production, transportation and municipal services, exchange of engineering and technical skills, tourism, opening of Khawaf-Herat railway and importance of Chabahar port.  They also discussed the completion of a comprehensive cooperation document between Afghanistan and Iran and the strengthening of cooperation between private sectors of the two countries.
In closing, Minister Atmar expressed his gratitude for the continuous cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Iran for Afghanistan in various fields, including its support for the Afghan peace process‫.‬

Politics Thu, 24 Sep 2020 06:36:25 +0000
Acting FM Meets with UK Ambassador to Kabul http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44130-acting-fm-meets-with-uk-ambassador-to-kabul.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44130-acting-fm-meets-with-uk-ambassador-to-kabul.html Acting FM Meets with UK Ambassador to Kabul

Thursday September 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with Alison Blake, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Kabul yesterday.
According to BNA report, at the outset, the Foreign Minister thanked Amb. Blake for the comprehensive speech at the inaugural meeting of the Afghan Peace Talks delivered by Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations. Mr. Atmar also appreciated the British Government’s cooperation with the Government and people of Afghanistan over the past 19 years.
Speaking about the peace process, Mr. Atmar said that establishment of a humanitarian ceasefire, the mechanism for monitoring the reduction of violence, maintaining the achievements of the past 19 years and expanding regional cooperation are important for the success of the peace process.
Ambassador Blake congratulated the people and the government of Afghanistan on the commencement of the peace talks and hoped that the talks would reach a favorable outcome. She also stressed her government's continued support for the Afghan peace process, strengthening regional and international consensus, and preserving the democratic achievements of the past 19 years.
In closing, the two sides stressed the need to further expand and strengthen bilateral cooperation between Afghanistan and the United Kingdom, Amb. Alison assured Mr. Atmar of her country's continued commitment and cooperation to Afghanistan in the future.

Politics Thu, 24 Sep 2020 06:32:47 +0000
President Ghani’s Remarks at the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44129-president-ghani’s-remarks-at-the-75th-session-of-the-un-general-assembly.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44129-president-ghani’s-remarks-at-the-75th-session-of-the-un-general-assembly.html President Ghani’s Remarks at the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly

Thursday September 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA)    Bismillah Rahman-ur-Rahim.
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,
We, the people of the United Nations, this year observe our 75th anniversary. We do so at a time of unprecedented global turmoil.
All of us here today share a common condition, a condition that does not distinguish between developed or developing countries. This turmoil that defines our times is a global phenomenon. And while all of us bear a share of the burden of this turmoil, some countries bear a much larger share than others. 
Afghanistan is one such country. We find ourselves simultaneously at the center of regional opportunity, and also at the center of the manifestation of global problems.
Afghanistan is positioned right at the heart of Asia. Our water ties us together; our cultures and languages give us a common denominator; South Asia’s need for energy resources and Central Asia’s abundance of it makes Afghanistan a critical connector. Asia cannot integrate without us. We are right at the heart of untapped potentials that could bring prosperity and peace to our region.
But this means that we are also right in the middle of the turmoil that is affecting us all today. We are experiencing the worst of it. But Afghanistan could be a model for successfully overcoming the turmoil we all face. That task, like the turmoil, is one that belongs to all of us.
We must first identify the drivers of this turmoil. There are five sources, all of which Afghanistan has been dealing with simultaneously.
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed our vulnerabilities, to the point that we as a global community could no longer afford to ignore them. We Afghans were fortunate to have contained the first wave of the pandemic through close government, business and societal cooperation, with minimal input from the UN agency, but the pandemic has exposed gaps in our systems that must be addressed.
The COVID-19 pandemic has done for us what World War II did for generation before us—both had such immense human costs and were phenomenon that had such a global impact that then, and now, we are forced to pay attention and take unprecedented action.
In the face of vulnerabilities exacerbated by the pandemic, another driver of inequality and unemployment is upending our world—the 4th industrial revolution. The digital age is upon us, challenging us to adapt the ways we consume, the ways we work, and the ways we govern.
In Afghanistan, we are experimenting with how to adapt so that this digital revolution can be wielded as a source of economic opportunity for our overwhelmingly young population, as well as a way to strengthen our systems of governance and rule of law. We are looking far ahead with the knowledge that if we try to replicate 19th or 20th century models now, they will become irrelevant as soon as we stabilize them. The same can be said for global attempts to harness the drive of the 4th industrial revolution we have to think ahead of our time.
This new kind of industrial revolution, combined with the pandemic, presented challenges in planning and executing this very gathering, and yet the UNGA leadership has managed to creatively transform this experience into one that is more efficient, effective, convenient and far less risky. I want to congratulate His Excellency Volkan Bozkir not only on assuming the Presidency of this 75nd Session of the UNGA, but also for his success in overcoming the particular challenge of hosting a massive gathering of global leaders during the pandemic.
Violence and warfare have also evolved, an evolution we Afghans have witnessed and suffered in real time. We are living, and dying, inside the 5th wave of global terrorism, in which global terrorist networks are closely linked with global criminal networks, making warfare totally unconventional and peace-building even more of a challenge.
As a state and society, we have demonstrated the commitment, compassion and courage to take hard decisions to start direct peace talks with the Taliban.  This won’t be enough. For sustainable in Afghanistan, we must get to the root of the terrorism problem blighting our region and address it as the global phenomenon, and threat, that it is.
The untold sorrow of the Afghan people, particularly our women and children, during the last 40 years, serves as a reminder of the relevance of the UN Charter, and also of its unfulfilled promise, of “maintaining international peace and security.” 
Climate change has effected another type of violence and suffering on our people. Afghanistan is the 17th worst affected country in the world.
Just last month, hundreds of Afghans were killed or injured, and had their entire homes and livelihoods destroyed, when massive flood waters ripped through the province of Parwan. Two years before, the other extreme drought led us to nation-wide wheat shortages and upended the livelihoods of the majority of our population who rely on jobs in agriculture to put food on their tables.
Drought and floods are seasonal occurrences for Afghanistan. We need regional solutions based on international models to address the problem of climate change.
We have signed memorandum of understanding with the Fortescue Metals Group to form Afghanistan into a leading green industry, energy and intend to produce 20,000 megawatt from hydro and use it to produce zero emissions steal and other products from an estimated 1 trillion $ mineral resources.
We are also in discussion with other corporations to turn 70,000 megawatt of wind, and 220,000 megawatts of solar into renewable energy, thereby become a hub for renewable energy and green industry in the region.
The fifth driver of turmoil is a culmination of the first four—an unprecedented explosion of inequality that will continue to perpetuate this state of turmoil, until—or unless—we take action. In Afghanistan we are focusing on human capital and human security to create the equality of opportunities for our fellow citizen and societal stability for our people.
I come back now to the first driver — the COVID-19 pandemic— because the scope and scale of its impact forced us to see the other four drivers, which were worsened and highlighted by the pandemic.
The pandemic taught us an urgent lesson: We can no longer ignore these drivers.
The cost of our inaction is uncertainty.
We are asking ourselves at this General Assembly what kind of future do we want to live in?
In truth, the extreme levels of uncertainty make the future very difficult to predict, but if I were to try and address that question my answer would be simple.
We have to get back to basics.  We have to go back to the foundational values of the United Nations and the documents that enshrine them—the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—and we have to fulfill those yet-unfulfilled promises.
The future must hold, to quote the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family,” which is truly the “foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”   
These values have been embraced the world over. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is today universal discourse. Its values have been reflected in almost all state constitutions since the demise of the Soviet Union.
But these values have not been actualized.
These should not be lofty ideals and aspirations of the international community. They should be achievable goals. In Afghanistan, they are urgent and real problems we grapple with daily.
What will it take to fulfill these promises of peace, prosperity, dignity, justice, and freedom?
To shape our shared future in a direction that will fulfill these promises for all of us will take unprecedented acts of cooperative and coordinated actions at all levels of the global village’s community, economy and governance.
We need frameworks for the future that present pragmatic solutions for collectively addressing and solving the five drivers of turmoil, particularly global terrorism and climate change.
This will require the type of imagination and leadership that gave us the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Charter and the capabilities that overcame the global turmoil inflicted on the world by World War II.
With these frameworks in place, we can get back to the foundational basics that the United Nations was created to address in the first place.
The United Nations that we need is an organization with the authorities, capabilities, capitals, and commitments to fulfill the purposes and principles of this Charter.
I would like to commend His Excellency Secretary General Guterres for the progress made so far in his reform agenda for the UN. But we have much further to go, and we all have a shared responsibility to shoulder in efforts to progress the sustainable development goals and progress peace, prosperity and security across the globe.
In Afghanistan, we are moving into the next five years with a clear plan for progressing the values of the UN, which are enshrined in our constitution, and working toward prosperity, security and peace in our own country.
Our plan is based on building our markets for economic development, moving from an aid to a trade model, increasing our labor and capital productivity in key areas in which we have a competitive advantage.
The objective is self-reliance, moving away from donor relationships to mutually beneficial partnerships.
At the same time, we will invest in strengthening state governance structures to create an environment conducive to growth. This means continuing to combat systemic corruption, improving our public financial management systems, and strengthen provincial and district level governance.
We are looking closely at the gaps and weaknesses exposed by the pandemic, and strengthening our systems for the long-term.
Though we are facing multiple drivers of turmoil all at once in Afghanistan, above all, peace remains our most urgent and important priority.
There is a passage from the UN Declaration of Human Rights that encapsulates our current goals for peace in Afghanistan: we want “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, to unite our strength, to maintain international peace and security.”
The role of the United Nations in standing for our shared values throughout the peace process is absolutely critical, and we thank the United Nations for their support so far throughout this arduous process. we thank the UN for their call for a global ceasefire and
The role of the UN and our international partners and allies will continue to be extremely important as our negotiating team sits across from the Taliban in Doha.
At those talks, the Afghan people have a clear and urgent priority: a ceasefire. An urgent end to the violence will, more than anything else, give us a chance to progress.
I would like to take this opportunity to call on every member of the General Assembly and the P-5 to help us achieve the end-state of a sovereign, united and democratic Afghanistan, at peace with itself and the region, capable of preserving and expanding the gains of the last 19 years.  A democratically stable and prosperous Afghanistan will be an example of how our collective will can overcome the turmoil and uncertainty that defines our world today. 
Thank You

Politics Thu, 24 Sep 2020 04:47:38 +0000
Taliban Still have Distance with Honoring their Commitments: US Envoy http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44126-taliban-still-have-distance-with-honoring-their-commitments-us-envoy.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44126-taliban-still-have-distance-with-honoring-their-commitments-us-envoy.html Taliban Still have Distance with Honoring their Commitments: US Envoy

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad appeared before the US House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security about the Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy on Tuesday and said that the US will protect its interests in all circumstances in Afghanistan and that the Afghan people will suffer if there is no peace settlement.
Asked if the Taliban will honor the US-Taliban agreement if US troops are leaving and cannot enforce it, Khalilzad said the reduction in US troops does not mean the US forces cannot carry out their mission. A re-evaluation will be necessary when troops get down to 4-5,000, he said, adding: "I believe we are committed to the terms of the agreement."
“We are on the path to reduce troop levels to between 4,000 and 5,000 by this fall and further withdrawals will be determined based on conditions on the ground and delivery by the Taliban on their commitments,” Khalilzad said.
The Taliban have made some "positive steps" in breaking ties with Al Qaeda, but they still have some distance to go in honoring their commitments, said Khalilzad, adding that the US withdrawal will be contingent on whether they can deliver on their promises.
“It is also important to stress that since the signing of the agreement, the Taliban has instructed its forces to refrain from attacks on US or coalition forces,” Khalilzad said. “There have been no American deaths as a result of Taliban attacks since the agreement was signed. And we continue to engage regularly with the Taliban...to oversee the implementation of our agreement with respect to these issues and to address issues of concern.”
Khalilzad said that the situation must be arranged so that it is in the best interest of the Taliban to honor the agreement--in terms of continued support and improved international relationships--rather than to rely on trust.
Asked if the rights of Afghan women are a priority, Khalilzad said the rights of this group and others are a "high priority" for the US government.
Khalilzad said that peace negotiators are under pressure from the Afghan people to make the talks work, that the majority of Afghans want peace--and Afghan women want peace--and that the US will help with the talks if participants need it, but it is the Afghans' responsibility.
“The Afghan delegations from the parties to the conflict that are sitting across from each other without international mediators or facilitators have the opportunity to bring an end to more than 40 years of war in their country,” Khalilzad said, adding that “The talks are an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned process where two warring sides are negotiating a roadmap for the future of their country. Afghans are yearning for peace and there is overwhelming support among the Afghans for these talks and for a political settlement.”
He also said that the Taliban agreed that “a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire” would be on the agenda in intra-Afghan negotiations.”
The level of violence in Afghanistan is unacceptably high in Afghanistan and the US expects further setbacks during talks, Khalilzad said.
“By any measure, current levels of violence are too high,” Khalilzad said, adding that “We know that reductions are possible; the Taliban carried out two Eid ceasefires and, earlier, a seven-day reduction in violence preceding the February 29 agreement between the United States and the Taliban in preparation for negotiations.”
“We hope that the negotiations will soon lead to a significant reduction in violence by all sides, reducing the number of Afghans getting killed or wounded. A reduction of violence will help build the trust necessary for talks to succeed. We will continue to press for this,” he mentioned.
Khalilzad believes that a political settlement in Afghanistan needs broad internal, regional and international support.
“We have worked closely with Afghanistan’s neighbors and international partners to build support for Afghanistan Peace Negotiations. You can see the impact of that effort in the list of countries and organizations that were represented at the opening ceremony of Afghan peace negotiations on September 12,” he further added.
Khalilzad also said that he urged the Afghan leaders to take advantage of the opportunity for a political settlement now available to them.
“Unfortunately, Afghan leaders did not behave responsibly or judiciously after the Soviet forces departed their country as a result of a resistance movement that had been backed by the United States. Instead of cooperating and agreeing on a political formula for their country, they started a vicious civil war. We will help Afghanistan seize this historic moment and avoid repeating what happened in the 1990s, but ultimately the responsibility is theirs,” he said.
Khalilzad remarks comes at the time that Afghan government said the Taliban has initiated at least 7,000 military attacks over the last six months, which have killed and wounded nearly 3,500 civilians.

Politics Thu, 24 Sep 2020 04:43:13 +0000
President Ghani Stresses Robust Regional Consensus for Peace in Afghanistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44120-president-ghani-stresses-robust-regional-consensus-for-peace-in-afghanistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44120-president-ghani-stresses-robust-regional-consensus-for-peace-in-afghanistan.html President Ghani Stresses Robust Regional Consensus for Peace in Afghanistan

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with Lia Jian, the Chinese Special Envoy for Afghanistan discussed a range of issue including peace process and its recent developments, regional connectivity and efforts to expand regional trade cooperation on Tuesday.
According to BNA report, Mr. Jian expressed support for inclusive peace process with the Afghan government owning and leading it and said President Ghani’s leadership and efforts created an environment for peace that could set the stage for start of direct peace negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban group.
Lia Jian expressed China’s support for the Afghan government and president’s peace agenda and underlined that the Afghan peace process has reached a critical stage, calling on the relevant stakeholders to seize this opportunity for peace.
Having lauded the president’s vision on strengthening regional cooperation, the Chinese envoy for Afghanistan said his country is keen to further consolidate mutual ties and cooperation with Afghanistan.
President Ghani said Afghanistan-China ties are friendly and grounded on common interests and expressed hope that China’s vision on Afghanistan be centered on regional stability, economic cooperation and expansion of trade relations.
The president stressed that Afghanistan is willing to expand its economic relations with all countries in the region particularly China as an immediate neighbor of Afghanistan.
President Ghani referred to China’s role in the Afghan peace process, and said the Taliban should be pushed to cease violence, agree to ceasefire and face the fact that they cannot solve their problems militarily.
President Ashraf Ghani termed the terrorist groups a serious threat for the regional security and said hundreds of Afghan citizens have been killed and wounded since the US-Taliban deal was signed in February 29. He said the meaningless violence must be stopped immediately.
Attaching importance to the end of violence in Afghanistan, the president called on the regional and global countries to encourage the Taliban to embrace the Afghans and the international community’s call for ceasefire.
The president called the Talibans’ acts of violence illegitimate and said the government has provided the grounds for peace and plans to integrate the Taliban combatants. President Ashraf Ghani said a strong regional consensus is of paramount importance for Afghanistan and said SCO is of those platforms that can help in strengthening regional consensus for peace in Afghanistan.

Politics Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:19:50 +0000
President Ghani Meets NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander-Europe http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44118-president-ghani-meets-nato’s-supreme-allied-commander-europe.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44118-president-ghani-meets-nato’s-supreme-allied-commander-europe.html President Ghani Meets NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander-Europe

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani met with General Tod D. Wolters, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander-Europe at the Presidential Palace the other day.
Presidential palace by releasing a statement reported BNA, in the meeting that General Scott Miller, Commander of Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces–Afghanistan and Stefano Pontecorvo, NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan were also present, the two sides discussed NATO’s enduring support for Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces.
General Wolters delivered the regards and message of the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to President Ghani and said NATO would continue its ensuring support for Afghanistan as long as the Afghan people want, the statement added.
The president expressed gratitude to NATO for its continuous cooperation with Afghanistan particularly its support for Afghanistan National Defense and Security forces, the statement concluded.

Politics Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:12:19 +0000
Saudi Arabia Backs Afghan Reconciliation Process http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44116-saudi-arabia-backs-afghan-reconciliation-process.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44116-saudi-arabia-backs-afghan-reconciliation-process.html Saudi Arabia Backs Afghan Reconciliation Process

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Saudi Arabia said on Monday that it expresses its support for the Afghan reconciliation process, state news agency SPA reported.
The Saudi government has been following the recent reconciliation talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban movement, the statement said.
The Kingdom said it supports everything that would achieve security, stability and reduce violence in Afghanistan.
“The Kingdom was and remains with Afghanistan and the Afghan people to achieve all their hopes and aspirations,” the statement added.
Afghan government representatives and Taliban insurgents gathered on Sept. 12 in Qatar for historic peace talks aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians.

Politics Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:06:48 +0000
UN Session: President Ghani Asks Int’l Community to Support a Sovereign, Democratic Afghanistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44115-un-session-president-ghani-asks-int’l-community-to-support-a-sovereign-democratic-afghanistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44115-un-session-president-ghani-asks-int’l-community-to-support-a-sovereign-democratic-afghanistan.html UN Session: President Ghani Asks Int’l Community to Support a Sovereign, Democratic Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The United Nations has marked its 75th anniversary, celebrating the mantra that "multilateralism is not an option but a necessity" - even as the coronavirus pandemic underscores the fragility of international cooperation.
The anniversary kicked off on Monday at the global body's annual UN General Assembly (UNGA), when normally leaders and representatives of nearly 200 countries gather en masse to sound off about the world's problems and offer myriad solutions.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani delivered a statement via a videoconference on Monday night at the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the UN, underscoring the important role of multilateralism, and particularly the UN, in addressing the challenges that continue to impact Afghanistan and the world.
“The United Nations that we need is an organization with the authorities, capabilities, capitals, and commitments to fulfill the purposes and principles of this charter," President Ghani said.
The president called on the international community to help the Afghan people achieve the end state of a sovereign, united and democratic Afghanistan.
“I would like to take this opportunity to call on every member of the GA and the P5 to help us achieve the end state of a sovereign, united and democratic Afghanistan, at peace with itself and the region, capable of preserving and expanding the gains of the last 19 years."
On the importance of the ceasefire, the president said: "Though we are facing multiple drivers of turmoil all at once in Afghanistan, there is a clear and urgent priority for us: a ceasefire. An urgent end to the violence will, more than anything else, give us a chance to progress."
President Ghani also highlighted Afghanistan’s geopolitical importance and said: "Afghanistan is a country positioned right at the heart of Asia, right at the heart of untapped potential that could bring prosperity and peace to our region. But this means that we are also right in the middle of the turmoil that is affecting us all today."
The COVID 19 pandemic exposed the world’s vulnerabilities as violence and warfare have evolved, he said, adding that the world is in the middle of a fifth wave of global terrorism.
Other drivers of turmoil include drought, famine and deepening inequality, he said, emphasizing the urgent need for a ceasefire in Afghanistan and calling on the UN General Assembly to help the country achieve peace.
World leaders gathered in a virtual format at the General Assembly on Monday to adopt a declaration honoring the multilateral framework put in place by its founders in 1945 and pledging to better live out the promise to save succeeding generations from the scourge of
President Ghani’s address to the UN comes as the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan meets with Taliban negotiators in Doha, Qatar to help find a political settlement to the deadly conflict in the country.
Although the Doha talks have brought new hopes among Afghans for a negotiated settlement of the conflict, civilian casualties remain high in the country amid ongoing Taliban violence.
“The Taliban has inflicted the casualties on our countrymen in 24 provinces and the most casualties have been in Takhar and Nangarhar provinces,” said Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Affairs.
Also, on Monday, President Ghani at an event for International Day of Peace said peace is possible only through a political settlement and insisted that the government is making efforts to end the forty years of war in the country. President Ghani said the Afghan government, by agreeing to a ceasefire two years ago, showed that it is possible to make a truce, and he called on the Taliban to end violence and agree to a ceasefire.

Politics Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:05:03 +0000
President Ghani Accepts Accreditation of EU New Ambassador to Afghanistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44111-president-ghani-accepts-accreditation-of-eu-new-ambassador-to-afghanistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44111-president-ghani-accepts-accreditation-of-eu-new-ambassador-to-afghanistan.html President Ghani Accepts Accreditation of EU New Ambassador to Afghanistan

Tuesday September 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan accepted the credential letter of Von Brandt, the newly-appointed ambassador of the European Union to Afghanistan during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace today.
President Ghani extended congratulations to the incoming ambassador on beginning his new mission in Afghanistan and thanked EU’s financial, political and all cooperation in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Brandt expressed delight over commencement of his new mission, reaffirming continued EU assistance with Afghanistan.
The Newly-appointed ambassador expressed that UE declares support from Afghanistan government programs regarding peace, president strategy on regional connectivity and strengthening trade relations.

Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:12:17 +0000
Acting FM Holds Introductory Meeting with New EU Ambassador http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44110-acting-fm-holds-introductory-meeting-with-new-eu-ambassador.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/44110-acting-fm-holds-introductory-meeting-with-new-eu-ambassador.html Acting FM Holds Introductory Meeting with New EU Ambassador

Tuesday September 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Andreas Brandt, the European Union's new Ambassador to Afghanistan this morning.
According to BNA report, welcoming Brandt as the EU candidate ambassador to Afghanistan, the Acting Foreign Minister commended the EU's continued assistance and partnership with Afghanistan over the last 19 years. Minister Atmar assured Ambassador Brandt of the Foreign Ministry's close cooperation with the EU mission in Kabul.
Emphasizing the EU's continued assistance with Afghanistan in various spheres, Brant stated that he would work to further strengthen relations between Afghanistan and the European Union during his tenure as EU Ambassador to Afghanistan. During the meeting, Mr. Brandt presented a copy of his credentials to the Acting Foreign Minister.

Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:10:35 +0000