29 May 2017

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Haneef Atmar left for Moscow yesterday on the official invitation of his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, to participant in the Russia Security Conference, a statement from the NSA office said yesterday, adding the security officials from 25 nations will participate in the Conference.
Besides addressing regional issues, officials from member countries at the conference will discuss combatting terrorist groups in Afghanistan with a particular focus on eliminating Daesh terrorist group and suppressing their activities in Afghanistan and the region, the statement added.
Participants of the conference are expected to agree on forming an effective joint strategy to fight terrorism and coordinate regional efforts against terrorist groups.
NSA Mohammad Hanif Atmar will also hold talks with Russian officials on series of issues related to mutual and regional interest.  On the sidelines of the conference, the advisor will also hold bilateral talks with the National Security Advisors of China, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, the statement concluded.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani attended the US-Arab-Islamic summit held in Malik Abdul Aziz center of Riyadh here on Sunday evening, a presidential statement said yesterday.
At the outset, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President Donald Trump of the United State and other heads of states were welcomed by custodian of the two holy mosques, Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.
The US-Arab Islamic summit discussed effective cooperation in fight against terrorism and the threats of extremism in the world, the statement added.
Later on, President Ghani and other participants of the commit attended the inauguration ceremony of the international center for fight against terrorism, which has recently been established by the Saudi Arabia in Riyadh city.
The center has been established to ease cooperation, exchanges of information and experiences among the countries involving in war on terror as well as to link the anti-terror institutions, the statement concluded.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Riyadh/Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met US President Donald Trump and discussed the security situation in Afghanistan and fight against terrorism.
In a brief meeting on the sidelines of the Arab Islamic American Summit here on Sunday, US president Trump welcomed President Ghani’s leadership in Afghanistan on fighting terrorism and implementing key reforms.
During the meeting, the US President also commended the brave service of Afghan security forces as they fight to secure their country.  There are currently 8,400 US and 5,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan, and 3,000 additional troops has been considered for deployment to the country, aiming to train and advise the Afghan forces.

Monday May 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A seminar on justice, good governance and sustainable development was inaugurated by the speck of Second Vice-President, Sarwar Danesh, his office said the other day. According to the statement the seminar, which was organized the Attorney General Office (AGO) was attended by CE, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Justice, Mohammad Yousuf Halim, high-ranking officials from the chamber of commerce and industries and representatives from Afghanistan private sector, diplomats and representatives from the international institutes here in Kabul. The Vice-President said: “Governments have the responsibility of implementing the main targets of the sustainable development, but the role of traders, industrialists and producers is vital to help get access the targets.” He said the domestic investors and producers, by strengthening craft and productions the ground for work and accessibility to welfare would be provided for all and that the executive measure should be laid at the priority of the justice and judicial organs. “Elements like war and insecurity, bureaucracy and administrative ups and downs, administrative corruption, intense rules and non-operational and lack of needed facilities for the investors, were the main obstacles before the economic growth and investments in the country,” said Danesh adding this was the main policy of the government of national unity to remove the challenges and encourage the investors in the country. But, he pointed out to the problems faced by the private sector as saying lack of access to lasting power energy, high plot princes and lack of supportive tariffs were the main challenges before them. He said the government was fully committed to provide the ground for the growth and wide activity of the private sector further than ever, through firm battle against corruption, creation of transparency in the procurements and in the open bidding….establishment of a new-planned administration “Asan Khedmat” or easy service in Afghanistan, the statement quoted. He suggested for a special team work from both the government and the private sector to investigate their problems in the fields of rules, justice and judicial and security organs and present their written suggestions to the government to be made decision about, according to the statement. The private sectors’ authorized representatives are available in the high economic council and the ministries of finance, economy, commerce, telecommunication and other stakeholder organs should have constructive consultation with the private sectors representatives, said Danesh. CE, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also vowed that the government was alongside the people and society and was committed to ensure their security.

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