22 October 2019

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Monday October 21, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with Indian ambassador to Kabul Vinay Kumar at Sapidar Palace yesterday, BNA reported. In the meeting, the Indian ambassador to Kabul congratulated successfully holding the September 28 Presidential elections, saying that his country was supporting transparency of the election process. He assured of his country’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan. Chief Executive by praising India for its cooperation and assistance to Afghanistan and goodwill towards holding the elections in the country added the people of Afghanistan by casting votes have taken decision and it was the IEC to guarantee the sound and transparency of the process.

Monday, October 21, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has attended a praying ceremony held by the Tarakhil tribe to mourn the death of a member of Mawlavi Tarakhil Mohammadi family, here in Kabul, a statement from the CE said Sunday.
During the ceremony Mawlavi Tarakhil Mohammadi tanked the Chief Executive of the National Unity Government for his participation in the mourning ceremony and said: “History will not forget your sacrifices and devotion which you said you were ready for every devotion for peace.”
Expressing his deep condolence to the recent deadly mosque bombing in the country’s eastern province of Nangarhar, resulting in the death of large number of worshipers, the CE said may the bloodshed and murdering end with the bless of the martyrs’ blood, the statement quoted.
“The people of Afghanistan have been the victim of war for 40 years and we are seeking ways to end war and conflict and restore peace in the country,” said the CE.

Monday October 21, 2019
Kabul (BNA) U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, her office said.
Pelosi, who travelled to Afghanistan after a stop in Jordan on Saturday, met President Ashraf Ghani and visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper as well as top U.S. military commanders and some of their troops, according to a statement released after the conclusion of the visit by the bipartisan delegation.
The lawmakers’ trip to the Middle East and South Asia occurred amid questions about the United States’ commitment to its allies after President Donald Trump’s sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria over his long-time desire to unwind from foreign military engagements. Pelosi’s relations with Trump are at a low point as she leads an impeachment inquiry against him.
Trump last month broke off negotiations with Afghan Taliban militants aimed at ending the United States’ longest war, a move that critics say highlighted a confused U.S. approach to Afghanistan.
The congressional visit coincided with one by Esper, who told reporters “the aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, a political agreement.”
Pelosi said her delegation was briefed by U.S. diplomats on reconciliation efforts with the Taliban and also met Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and civil society leaders, including Afghan women.
She said in a statement that they also “heard more about the still-pending status of results from the Afghanistan presidential election in September, which we all hope will be available soon.”
Preliminary results from the Sept. 28 election have been delayed past their Oct. 19 release, for at least a week, Reuters reported on Oct. 17.
Reuters

Sunday October 20, 2019
JALALABAD CITY (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has arrived in eastern Nangarhar province this morning.
President Ghani has visited Haska Mina district, Nangarhar province to offer sympathies and condolences to the families; those lost their beloved during Friday blast inside a mosque in Jawdara region of the district.
At least 72 prayers lost their lives and dozens others were wounded following the incident.
All the victims of the evet were civilians that have been gathered for pray inside a mosque.
President Ghani ordered to assist with martyrs and injured families.
Meanwhile, a source from presidential palace said, President Ghani during his visit to Nangarhar province; beside expressing sympathies and condolences with victims’ families to meet with local officials of the province and will discuss governance process, development, ensuring security and counter-terrorism.
M.A.Ansari

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