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Wednesday June 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan considers the role of Britain in establishing a regional gathering on peace process important and significant. Afghan president who is officially visiting Great Britain in his visit with the prime minister of that country calling the role of Britain in establishing a regional gatherer on Afghan peace process important asked for assistance of that country for peace process and holding presidential elections. The British prime minister in his turn expressed his country’s support from Afghan peace process with Afghans’ ownership and leadership and establishing a regional gathering on that regard.
The visit of Afghan president from Britain exactly takes place in time, the peace process has accelerated and many countries are becoming more active in that regard. The seventh round of negotiation between the representative of US and Taliban is starting, a Taliban delegation has gone to China and Germany, Norway and Russia have their own programs. Britain is one of the important countries in world affairs. This country after 2001 until now has made great efforts for building democratic organizations, improving free media and providing the ground for male and female education and is one of the active countries in reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Above all, Britain has a close and traditional relation with Pakistan. While Pakistan from Afghan people and government point of view, that country is the factor of many problems in our country, hosts the leaders of armed opposition groups and funds those groups who cause tension and terror in Afghanistan. The British prime minister in his turn expressed the support of his country from peace process under the leadership and ownership of Afghans and establishing a regional gathering on Afghan peace. Britain has close relation with Pakistan, therefore can encourage that country to play its role in restoring peace and security to Afghanistan. Afghan peace process seriously require the support of big powers and Britain can encourage it allies to cooperate in that regard.
The other issue which was discussed in meetings with British authorities was holding presidential elections in Afghanistan. Afghan president asked for the assistance of that country. Assessing and analyzing the effective role of Britain in Afghan problem, one can say that the visit of president Ghani from Britain at this sensitive juncture of time is of great importance.
 

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Zalmay Khalilzad U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation said that U.S. seek a comprehensive peace agreement, not a withdrawal agreement in Afghanistan.
According to BNA report, Khalilzad in a series of tweet said; “As we (U.S.) prepare for the next round of talks with the Taliban, important to remember we seek a comprehensive peace agreement, not a withdrawal agreement in Afghanistan.”
A comprehensive peace agreement is made-up of four inter-connected parts such as counter-terrorism, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan negotiations that lead to a political settlement and a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire, Mr. Khalilzad added.
This is a framework which the Taliban accept, as I’ve said numerous occasions, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, Khalilzad underlined.
It is supposed that the seventh round of peace talks between Taliban and U.S. negotiators will take place next week in Doha and the two sides are likely to agree on one or two of the four key issues.
M.A.Ansari 
 

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the British Secretary of Defense, Ms. Peny Mordaunt and discussed issues about financing and equipment of Afghanistan security and defense forces. BNA report, thanking the British defense secretary for her country’s cooperation to the country’s security and defense forces, particularly to the Afghan special force, the country’s President said that how reforms brought in the afghan forces were effective. The President asked the British defense secretary for providing more cooperation with the country’s police as they were growingly becoming professional. Welcoming the country’s President and his led delegation, the British defense secretary praised the reforms made in the country’s security and defense forces and assured that her country would continue cooperation in war on the international terrorism, equipping and financing the Afghan forces.
 

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the Prime Minister’s Office and discussed elections, Afghan peace process and continued support for ANDSF, BNA reported. President Ghani thanked the UK government for its support to Afghanistan in the past 18 years in various sectors, especially in training the special forces of ANDSF. He also said that the UK has an important role in helping to harness regional consensus on Afghan peace. PM May reiterated that the UK supports a transparent, timely elections and will work with the Afghan government on creating the necessary consensus in the region for enabling peace talks. She also renewed UK government’s pledge to support ANDSF.
 

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