18 February 2018

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yesterday that India and Iran wish to see their neighbors free of terrorism and hope a safe and prosperous Afghanistan.
“The two countries want to see our neighbor Afghanistan safe and prosper. We want to see our neighbors free of terrorism,” PM Narendra Modi said during a meeting with Iran President Hassan Rouhani in New Delhi.
“Regional conflict should be resolved through dialogue. We hope to see peace, stability and pluralism in Afghanistan,” Iranian President Rouhani added.
Modi also discussed bilateral cooperation across a range of areas and regional issues during the meeting with Rouhani.
Addressing a joint press event with Iran’s Rouhani, Indian PM said the visit by the Iranian president shows how the two sides want to deepen cooperation in key areas, including connectivity.
“We want to develop railway relations between Iran and India and are seeing the development of Chabahar Port,” Iran President Hassan Rouhani said.
On sidelines of the bilateral meeting between PM Modi and President Rouhani, agreements were signed in areas like double taxation avoidance, extradition, agricultural cooperation, port lease, medicine and others.
This the first presidential visit from Iran to India in 10 years and comes after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the West Asian nation in 2016.
 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In a newsletter, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) stressed that Chinese forces’ presence in Afghanistan has not been proposed at all, BNA reported on Saturday.
According to the agency, wrong information have recently been publishing in media, saying that People’s Republic of China has planned to build a military base in Badakhshan.
UNSC has clarified that such information are baseless, adding without confirming of UNSC and President Ghani, such a decision cannot be taken, the agency added.
Like other regional countries, China is also a victim of terrorism and it is a partner of Afghanistan and other regional countries in fighting terrorism, the agency contused.
Cooperation between Afghanistan and China have wide dimensions, but presence of Chinese forces in Afghanistan has definitely not proposed so far, the newsletter said.
 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne at his office the other day, the presidential palaces said in a statement.
According to the statement, the meeting which was also attended by army chief of staff Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, discussed expansion of cooperation between the two countries, fighting terrorism and training of the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF).
Representing Australia’s government and people, Ms. Payne while expressing sympathy on recent terrorist attacks said Australia was ready to cooperate with Afghanistan on higher education section particularly in term of military, the statement added.
She pointed out that we support Afghan government’s stance and strategy on peace process, war on terror and bolstering regional cooperation and we are committed to continue cooperation with this country, the statement continued.
Afterward, President Ghani thanked Australian government cooperation with Afghanistan on civil and military sectors and called it significant, the statement added.
While thanking Australia’s readiness on cooperation with Afghanistan particularly in term of military higher education, the president said the defense ministry would pursue that.
 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The 29th anniversary of the then USSR withdrawal from Afghanistan was marked during a ceremony here at the presidential palace yesterday.
Delivering his remarks, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said 26th Dalwa should not be limited to Afghans, but it depends to whole Islam.
“We should know that we have the contemporary Islam history and Afghans’ jihad was a historic jihad,” the president said.
Praising the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces’ (ANDSF) war on terror, the president said there were believes that the forces won’t be able to defend the territory, but they have proved their capabilities.
Hinting to transparent elections, the president said he was no long interested to remain in power and called upon all political strata of the country to support and maintain the transparency in the upcoming elections.
Addressing the ceremony, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah spoke related to Mujahideen’s victories and braveries against the then red army, adding Afghan nation’s holy jihad brought one of the biggest armies in the world to its knee.
Dr. Abdullah went on saying that current system was due to sacrifices of the Mujahideen, however he said Afghanistan went to civil war after USSR withdrawal which led to birth of the Taliban and now the so-called IS militants .Dr. Abdullah also called for addressing of the people’s problems.
Meanwhile delivering his remarks, the second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh said Afghans with empty hands fought with one of the well-equipped and modern armies of the world.
“Afghans knew that standing against such army was difficult, but they bravely fought with them and finally defeated them. That Jihad left us with 1.5 million people martyred, more than 3 million people injured and around 6 million other migrated to abroad,” the second vice president added.
The second VP went on saying that Afghans’ Jihad not only defeated the red army but also defeated the whole socialism in the world. “Afghans’ jihad finally resulted to collapse of the then USSR backed regime in Kabul in 1992 and the Mujahedeen regime took the power.”
A Jihadi leader and head of the Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan party Gulbuddin Hikmatyar also delivered his remarks, saying jihad’s message was that no power can occupy Afghanistan and if they do so, “they will be defeated.”
Addressing the Taliban, Hikmatyar said power cannot be achieved through war, but via people’s legitimate votes.
Meanwhile speaking at the event, the Upper House chairman Fazel Hadi Muslimyar asked the National Unity Government leaders to do more for peace in the country and put end to ongoing disputes.
 

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