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Wednesday August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has welcomed the decision by President Donald Trump, which shows an enduring commitment by Afghanistan’s foundational partner in this global conflict.
In a statement released from presidential office, President Ghani said, “I am grateful to President Trump and the American people for this affirmation of support for our efforts to achieve self-reliance and for our joint struggle to ride the region from the threat of terrorism.” “The new strategy increase capacity in the Resolute Support Mission. It puts particularly emphasis on enhancing Afghan air power, doubling the size of the Afghan Special Forces and deepening NATO’s ability to train, advice and assist Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
This announcement is part of a package of support enabling Afghans to achieve the goal of stability and self-reliance by focusing on efforts for the eradication of poverty, economic investment and better equipping the ANDSF to achieve its military objectives. The Afghan government is prioritizing accelerating its rigorous reform agenda to eradicate corruption and enhance effectiveness, transparency and rule of law. Allowing this strategy towards stability allows the region to work together in achieving mutual goals of peace and prosperity and provides a clear roadmap for regional countries to end support for non-state actors, said President Ghani. In his statement, the country’s President added, “The US-Afghan partnership is stronger than ever in overcoming the threat of terrorism that we are facing. The strength of our security forces should show the Taliban and other that they cannot win a military victory. The objective of peace is paramount. Peace remains our priority”.
The government of Afghanistan welcomes renewed US emphasis on seeing security in Afghanistan as part of a wider regional package. The strategy complements Afghan initiatives, including the Kabul Process, that seek to engage the region in sharing common security burdens. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has also welcomed the new US strategy, saying that it will positively impact the Afghan security forces. Speaking in a news conference in Kabul, the country’s chief executive said that Afghanistan government’s message to the Taliban and their supporters was to that the new strategy was not an invitation to peace but a chance to strengthen the peace process. ”The strategy renewed the commitment of the United States to Afghanistan and to our people,” Abdullah added. “This new chapter opened by the new strategy is a unique opportunity to tackle terrorists and achieve our goals for peace,” he said.
He also said the National Unity Government must strengthen the security and defense forces to protect the people against terrorists.
 

Wednesday August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The first session of employment committee for youth was held under the chairmanship of chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and with participation of representatives of international organizations.
In the session, the country’s chief executive said employment for youth had been one of NUG’s key commitments and the committee was created to implement it. Welcoming the announcement of US new strategy for Afghanistan, the country’s chief executive praised the international community for their cooperation with the people of Afghanistan during the past 15 years, saying that by improvement of security situation in the country better and further opportunities would be provided in the field of employment, reduction of poverty and unemployment.
Chief executive also stressed on capacity building process and strengthening of vocational skills in government institutions, instructing government officials and ministers to prepare practical plans for employment and deliver them to the committee’s session so that necessary decisions would be taken in this regard. The country’s chief executive warned if unemployment rate was not reduced in the country, domestic products would not increase and poverty would increase and as a result all efforts in this regard would fail. Meanwhile, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah asked ministry of finance to kick off employment process of 13000 teachers through a transparent employment process. In the session, it was decided that members of the committee should prepare their plans and suggestions in connection with employment opportunities and finding jobs for youth so that practical steps were taken in this regard.
 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The leading body of national unity government has welcomed declaration of U.S. new strategy for Afghanistan.
Second vice president Sarwar Danesh in a ceremony held yesterday on the occasion of signing MoU between ministry of education and a number of government institutions welcomed declaration of US new strategy for Afghanistan.
U.S. President Donald Trump declared Late Monday night the country’s new strategy for Afghanistan and promised to continue cooperation with the people of Afghanistan.
He considered declaration of the new strategy as a positive political and military change for the people and government of Afghanistan, but added, “Our first option is not war, but peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region”.
In the ceremony, second vice president also pointed to distribution process of e-Tazkiras and said that necessary preparations have been adopted for distribution of electronic identification cards and the process would begin within a month.
 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The US Ambassador David Hale paid a courtesy call on the Foreign Minister this afternoon.
Ambassador Hale briefed the Foreign Minister about President Trump’s latest statement on the US policy review on South Asia and Afghanistan.
Ambassador Hale conveyed that the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looked forward to meeting the Foreign Minister in the next few days to have an in-depth discussion on the state of play in the bilateral relationship as well as the new US policy on South Asia.
The Foreign Minister stated that he had accepted the invitation when the Secretary of State called him on 14th August and looked forward to his early interactions in Washington.
The Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s perspective and desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Highlighting Pakistan’s immense sacrifices in the enduring fight against terrorism, the Foreign Minister underlined Pakistan’s continued desire to work with the International Community to eliminate the menace of terrorism.
 

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