20 April 2019

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The European Union’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan, who is on an official visit to Tehran for political consultations, has met a number of officials at the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
Roland Kobia spent a whole day at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, holding talks with Iranian deputy foreign minister Morteza Sarmadi, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, and Director General of the Foreign Ministry’s Western Asia Department Mousavi.  During the talks, various aspects of developments in Afghanistan were discussed in detail.
Peace has turned into the public demand of all Afghans today, the Iranian officials said, underlining the pivotal role of Afghanistan’s Constitution in all peace talks between Afghan groups.  They also emphasized the importance of preserving the achievements of Afghan people over the past 18 years.
For his part, Kobia stressed the strong alignment between the EU and Iran’s stances and viewpoints regarding the restoration of peace in Afghanistan, and expressed the bloc’s preparedness to establish cooperation with the Islamic Republic on preserving and strengthening peace in the war-torn country.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met with the EU Special Representative to Central Asia Ambassador Peter Burian here in Bucharest on Thursday, a statement said.
Both sides talked on the role of EU in regional connectivity, importune of regional cooperation within the RECCA Framework and the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process, implementation of short term and long term educational programs, the peace process and time after peace, and existing opportunities in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan Border, the statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs added.

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) head Abdul Matin Bek addressing an event “Accountability of the Government before the Nation” here at the Government Media and Information Center on Thursday said the IDLG played a key role in terms of facilitating urban services and legislation last year.
He went on saying that conducting municipal elections was their priority and they were trying to appoint one or two mayors through a ballot this year.
He said last year President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani devoted 25 percent of his time visiting provincial administrations.
Matin Bek, while addressing media said the adoption of a roadmap for good governance, approval of the law on local councils and the law of municipalities were among IDLG achievements.
He said the municipal law pave the ground for election of mayors and the ballot was their priority for this ongoing year.
He said last year mayors were appointed through a competition process in which two women also got the slot.
He said district chiefs were also appointed through a competition process to stable areas but in insecure places such competition was not necessary and only those having tribal support were welcomed.
The IDLG head claimed currently 20 districts were out of the government’s control nationwide.

Saturday April 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with elders and influential of Pashayee tribe and heard their problems and demands, CE press office stated BNA.
Pashayee elders enumerated a series of their problems, saying security was the biggest challenge to them. They said Daesh threatening Dara-e-Noor and Kunar districts of Nangarhar, asking government to counter such threats. They also asked government for scholarship to Pashayee youth and their recruitment in government positions. Meanwhile, CE Abdullah vowed to address their problems through the line organs. He also said practical measures to be taken for security of Dara-e-Noor and Kunar districts.

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