16 February 2019

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Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, met with President Ashraf Ghani in the sidelines of Munich Security Conference.
According to BNA report, both sides discussed Afghan government owned and led peace process and joint combat against terrorism, and stressed on regional countries’ sincere cooperation on peace in Afghanistan.
Secretary General Stoltenberg that NATO is firm on its commitments to Afghanistan, and asserted that peace in Afghanistan is not viable unless led and owned by the government of Afghanistan.
President Ghani thanked NATO member nations for their support to Afghanistan, and said that Afghans from all provinces will hold a comprehensive discussion on peace in a consultative Loya Jirga that will be organized within a month.
M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani approved amendments to the electoral law after they were endorsed by the cabinet, the amendments, additions and omissions were made to some parts of the electoral law.
According to BNA report, the changes to the law were approved by the cabinet and the president after consultative meetings with political parties, presidential candidates and civil society. After approving the amendments, President Ghani said the draft amendments bill was based on general agreement of political parties, presidential candidates and civil society institutes about elections. Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah praised the consensus achieved about amendments to the electoral law. Second Vice-President Sarwar Danesh also talked about the amendments said they talked for 20 hours with presidential candidates, political parties and civil society about the changes. He said changes were brought to 39 clauses of the electoral law after agreed by all sides.
 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani met with Abdulaziz Kamilov, Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, at sidelines of Munich Security Conference in Germany.
According to BNA report, both sides discussed Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, and progress in regional connectivity projects, including extending construction of railways, transport of energy and expansion of trade.
Minister Kamilov reasserted that Uzbekistan will keep backing President Ghani’s peace initiative, and a process owned and led by the Afghan government. He said that any step toward facilitating the peace process in Afghanistan will be taken in coordination with the Afghan government. He said their government stands ready to host any processes regarding Afghanistan.
President Ghani thanked Uzbekistan for offering to host Afghan processes. Drawing on the success of Tashkent Conference that was aligned with Afghan government’s peace initiative, President Ghani said that the Conference provided a model of regional cooperation. He also said that the Afghan government is committed to further bolstering relations with Uzbekistan.
President Ghani reiterated that after a prospective peace agreement, mega developmental projects will pick up speed, and European Union and regional countries will have a vital role to play in implementing those projects. Minister Kamilov conveyed well wishes of Uzbekistan’s president; in return President Ghani sent his warm regards and wishes to Uzbekistan’s president as well.
 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Secretary her in Sapidar Palace the other day.
According to BNA report, Norwegian Refugee Council’s Secretary briefed the CE on his institution’s programs and activities, in particularly the assistance made so far for Afghan refugees. “We have plan to continue our works and provide assistance to IDPs as well as appeal for those Afghan refugees residing abroad,” the secretary added. He also asked for government support of the programs. Praising Norwegian Council’s assistance to Afghan IDPs and refugees, Dr. Abdullah thanked the institution’s close cooperation with ministry of refugees and repatriate and the committee of migrants. Welcoming the council’s programs, CE Abdullah promised government’s full support to the program, adding government was ready to ease activities of the council with Afghan refugees.
 

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