20 June 2019

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Tuesday June 18, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met Rt Hon Rory Stewart, UK’s Secretary of State for International Development at his residence in London yesterday morning, Presidential Palace stated BNA.
Both sides discussed enhancing UK’s cooperation with Afghanistan in the development sector and regional connectivity as Afghanistan is being transformed into an Asian roundabout, connecting South Asia with Central Asia to realize self-reliance.
President Ghani also requested Secretary Steward to help Afghan electoral institutions in monitoring and observing the upcoming presidential elections for ensuring transparency. Besides agreeing to work with Afghanistan on its regional connectivity projects, Secretary Steward pledged to behalf of the UK government to increase its humanitarian aid in Afghanistan by £130 million.

Monday June 17, 2019

Kabul (BNA) At the sideline of the Fifth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held in Dushanbe, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan, BNA reported. During the meeting, CE Abdullah thanked Turkey’s continued assistances to Afghanistan, particularly, that country’s President attention. Calling Turkey Afghanistan’s old friend and strategic alliance, CE Abdullah asked that country to continue cooperation with Afghanistan. Afterwards, President Erdogan called Afghanistan among Turkey’s close alliances and assured of his country’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan in all fields. Both sides also exchanges views on fighting insurgency, peace talks and upcoming presidential elections.

Sunday June 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan leading a high-ranking government officials left Kabul for Landon, today morning.
According to BNA report, during his official trip, President Ghani to meet with high-level government officials of England.
Meanwhile, during his staying in England, President Ghani would be attend cricket match to be held between Afghanistan and England national cricket teams in Manchester city on Tuesday, 18 June.

Sunday, June 16, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sideline of CICA summit in Dushanbe of Tajikistan here yesterday, a statement said.
During the meeting, Iranian President said that Iran favors stability, security, and development in Afghanistan while emphasizing the need to deepen Tehran-Kabul economic relations.
“There are many opportunities for the development of bilateral and regional economic elation between the two counties,” President Rouhani said.
He went on to stress the importance of fighting drugs, adding,” in addition to social harms, a major portion of terrorism funding is supplied through drug trafficking, and this fact underscores the necessity of comprehensive fight against drug trafficking.”
One the two countries’ joint efforts in fighting and uprooting terrorism, Iranian President added. “The security of the regional countries, including Iran and Afghanistan, are tied to each other and therefore, establishing stability and development in the region depends on cooperation among the countries.”
He also said that the participation of all Afghan groups is necessary for the development and stability of the country.
For his part, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah appreciated Iran for supporting and helping the people of Afghanistan.
He also mentioned Iran’s efforts in fighting terrorism and drug trafficking and called for more cooperation between Tehran and Kabul in these fields.
“Iran has always been alongside the Afghan people and government, and we are always grateful for the help and support,” he said.
The Chief Executive has also met some leaders of the Central Asian countries on the sidelines of the conference, a statement from the CE press office said yesterday.
“We discussed bilateral relations, cooperation, peace and security development.  I thanked Rahmon for hosting the Summit and paying special attention to Afghanistan,” Dr. Abdullah tweeted after meeting the Tajik president.

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