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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) US secretary of defense says Afghan and US strategic pact is to be signed in few weeks. 
Leon Paneta, US minister for defense while talking to US senate said, “After signing the strategic agreement, a number of US soldiers will stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014. 
Some issues between the two sides have made the pact postpone for few weeks. 
According the US minister of defense, one of these issues is the night raids and Afghan government is asking for the quick stoppage of the raids, but US is stressing on continuation and effectiveness of the raids and the second submitting the Taliban prisoners to Afghans. 
The US minister asserted if the issues solved, the pact will be signed in few week between the US and Afghanistan.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) H.E. foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul received Mr. Ousmane Guindo, the new Afghanistan country representative for the United Nations food and agriculture organization (FAO) yesterday afternoon at the foreign ministry. 
Dr. Rassoul expressed appreciation for the important work of the FAO in Afghanistan over the years. 
“Your work will be particularly significant given our goal of realizing Afghanistan’s agricultural potential for self-sufficiency and food security,” Dr. Rassoul said. 
Mr. Guindo said he would continue to “provide the technical support to the Afghan government to achieve your goals.” 
Prior to assuming his new assignment in Afghanistan, Mr. Guindo, a national of Canada, served as the FAO representative in Cameroon.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A source of the state ministry for parliamentary affairs has said that the list of nine ministers has been sent to the secretariat of the House of People for getting vote of confidence. 
The nominated ministers include:
1- Mohammad Ismayel as minister of energy and water,
2- Dr. Hassan Banu Ghazanfar as minister of women affairs,
3- Dr. Obeidullah Obeid as minister of higher education,
4- Dr. Hussain Abdullahi as minister of town planning,
5- Dr. Suraya Dalil as minister of public health,
6- Wais Barmak as minister of rehabilitation and rural development.
7- Amerzai Sangeen as minister of communications and information technology.
8- Eng. Najibullah Ouzhang as minister of public works,
9- Daoud Ali Najafi as minister of transport and civil aviation.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A message has been dispatched on behalf of president Hamid Karzai addressing to Mahmoud Ahmade Nezhad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran congratulating him on the 22nd revolution anniversary day of that country. 
“I am pleased to represent the people of Afghanistan in conveying my sincerest felicitations on the revolution anniversary of Iran to you and the brother nation of your country.”
The message quoted Karzai as saying. “I am happy that the existing relations of friendship and cooperation between the people of Afghanistan and Iran further consolidate with each passing day, the statement said. 
While expressing our appreciations for the assistance of Iran to Afghanistan in all reconstruction spheres, wish further strengthening of friendship and bilateral cooperation between us. 
I wish you good health and further progress of the fraternal Iranian people.