16 August 2018

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Wednesday August 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani met with Ernst Noorman, Chargé d’affaires of Netherlands in Kabul.
According to BNA report, describing Netherland’s activities in Afghanistan, Noorman announced deployment of an additional 60 Dutch soldiers in the framework of Resolute Support Mission to Afghanistan. Foreign minister also appreciated the activities and sacrifices of Dutch soldiers for bringing stability in Afghanistan. Both sides discussed bilateral relations, security situation, development, peace process and elections.

Wednesday August 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met UN under-secretary general and head of the office for counter terrorism, Voladimir, Voronkov at Sapidar Palace on Monday.
According to BNA report, welcoming UN official to Kabul, Dr. Abdullah praised organization’s efforts of countering terrorism and support Afghanistan’s war on terror. “Terrorism is the enemy of the humanity and a threat to peace and stability of the world. Afghanistan is in the frontline of global war on terror and committed to any kind of cooperation with international community to uproot militancy,” he added. Praising Afghan government and people’s efforts in war on terror, UN official assured full support of the country, adding the agency was ready to organize capacity building programs for Afghans to fight terrorism and seek ways financing terror. Welcoming regional consensus on fighting terrorism, Dr. Abdullah said Afghanistan was playing active role in regional meetings of countering terrorism.

Wednesday August 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani attended praying ceremony for martyrs of recent attack on Imam Zaman Mosque in Paktia province, BNA reported. Attended by a number of government officials, lawmakers, civil society activists and families of those martyred in the incident, President Ghani prayed for the souls of martyrs. A suicide attacker targeted the worshipers in Imam Zaman mosque in Gardez city the provincial capital of Paktia province on August 3rd which martyred at least 24 people and wounded 40 others. The President in an earlier statement had condemned the incident, calling attack an act against Islam and a criminal act. “Such criminal acts of terrorists among our people cannot create religious divisions, because Afghanistan is exemplary in Islamic unity and religious affiliation in the Islamic countries and this will remain unchanged forever,” President Ghani concluded.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed the recent progress made toward Afghanistan’s parliamentary polls, including candidate vetting and other preparations required for printing ballots on schedule, as testament to Afghanistan’s successful ownership of the electoral process, a statement from the mission said Monday.
“While preparations are on track for holding parliamentary elections on 20 October, all parties must perform their respective roles to ensure the necessary timelines and conditions are met,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, in a statement released to media.
“The government, the electoral management bodies and the country’s political leaders carry the primary responsibility to create the necessary conditions for credible elections to take place,” said the statement.
UNAMA, in accordance with the mandate entrusted by UN member states, remains committed to working with Afghan institutions as they implement reforms to enhance transparency and build trust in Afghanistan’s democratic processes, including by promoting the participation of women as voters and as candidates.
The role of the United Nations is to provide technical advice to the electoral management bodies, to coordinate the efforts of the international community, and to channel international funding for the elections. Elections are the fundamental expression of sovereignty in any democratic country, and are the responsibility of the government, electoral institutions, political actors, civil society, the media, voters and all other relevant stakeholders.
“The electoral management bodies have demonstrated that they can respond to constructive criticism, but they need the support of all stakeholders,” said Yamamoto, who is also head of UNAMA. “All Afghans have a stake in successful elections, and it is therefore crucial for all Afghans to exercise their civic duty and participate in Afghanistan’s democratic processes.” The United Nations remains committed to assisting the efforts of the Afghan people in conducting what are truly Afghan-owned elections for the first time since 2001.
The United Nations fully supports all Afghan citizens in exercising their civil and political rights, and continues to support the Afghan government and people of Afghanistan in their pursuit of democratic development, prosperity and durable peace.

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