05 August 2020

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Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met yesterday with Villy Sovndal, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, who said would be attending the upcoming Bonn Conference with a strong message of “continued commitment” to Afghanistan beyond 2014. 
Minister Sovndal, who is also accompanied by the country’s Minister for Development Cooperation reaffirmed Denmark’s continued support and assistance in a coordinated manner together with UK, to Afghanistan beyond 2014. 
Foreign Minister Sovndal underlined in particular the improvement in Afghan women’s situation as one of the key gains jointly achieved by Afghanistan and international community, and stated his country remains committed to assisting Afghan women and their empowerment. 
The meeting also discussed the topic of economic progress and development, where the Development Minister, Christain Friis Bach spoke about his country’s engagement in Afghanistan to improve health and education sectors and reaffirmed their long term support for the mentioned areas. 
President Karzai thanked Denmark for all its support and contributions to Afghanistan and praised Denmark as one of the countries that stepped in to begin assisting Afghanistan in the very early days of the post Taliban interim administration.

Kabul (BNA)  President Hamid Karzai addressing a member of the Traditional Loya Jirgah representatives from Daikundi, Parwan, Bamyan, Maidan-Wardak, Ghazni and Kabul declared that during the coming year the budget from dispatching of Afghan students to foreign countries will be increased from USD 5 to 10 million. 
It is said that during the current year 422 12th grad students from the country were sent abroad on the expenses of Afghan government and in the coming year this number will be doubled. 
The ministry of higher education selected 7 12th graduates with higher marks from each province and sends them for higher education to foreign countries and soon a new procedure will be designed for selection of students. 
The president stressed that the only way to salvage Afghanistan from backwardness and move the country towards progress and a prosperous future is to educate the Afghan youth and asked all the elders of the country to assist in encouraging their sons towards attaining education. 
During the meeting Mohammad Hussain Danesh, Ghulam Hussain Ibrahimi, Haidar Ali Ahmadi, Hazrat Mohammad Janan, Khayal Mohammad Hussaini and  Haji Ramazan Hussainzada spoke on behalf of Daikundi, Parwan, Bamyan, Maidan-Wardak, Ghazni and Kabul and shared their problems with the president. 
President Karzai assured the members of the traditional loya jirgah that he will instruct the related organs for addressing their problems.

Lashkargah (BNA) Two Ministers of Denmark in their visit from Helmand province emphasized on continuation of their country’s cooperation with Afghanistan.  
Press responsible of Helmand province reported to BNA, the Foreign and International Development Program Ministers of Denmark in a trip to Helmand province visited the police training center in Lashkarga city and emphasized on continuation of cooperation of that country with Afghanistan. 
The mentioned ministers had met with Helmand governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal as well.
In this meeting they assured that in 2014 they will end their military mission in Afghanistan, especially in Helmand province but they will continue their cooperation in development areas with Afghanistan. 
Governor of Helmand Mohammad Gulab Mangal after the meeting said, the mentioned ministers assured that they will assist Helmand province in mechanization of agriculture system, struggle against narcotic, training and equipment of police, extension of medical services and education fields. 
Some days back, the US foreign deputy minister ministry in a short trip from Helmand province, met with a number of youths in that province.  
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada


Kabul (BNA) It is expected that the fourth session of SAARC in relation to smuggling of women and children is held in Kabul this week. 
Already delegations from India, Pakistan, Maldives and Sri Lanka have arrived in Kabul. 
The session is hosted by the ministry of labor, social affairs, martyred and disabled with the cooperation of Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Information and Culture.