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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met European Union and its member states’ ambassadors in Kabul on Monday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, the EU and its member states’ ambassadors spoke about improvements made in Afghanistan’s judicial sector and the challenges ahead of it.
Thanking the EU for its assistances, Minister Rabbani called Afghanistan a special country where should fight many challenges. He also asked for EU’s continued assistances in all fields.
The EU ambassadors also stressed they will support reforms process.
Both sides also discussed political, economy, security and continued talks and cooperation.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday met with members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) led by Kairat Umarov in Kabul and both sides discussed key issues pertaining the country’s situation, Presidential Palace said in a statement on Monday.
The two sides also discussed efforts against terrorism, corruption, drugs-trafficking, acceleration of the peace process and preparations for parliamentary elections.
Administrative reforms, strengthening women’s participation in governance and the UN role in the fields of security and development in Afghanistan were also reviewed at the meeting late on Sunday.
“The meeting also discussed regional cooperation and it was noted that pressure on Pakistan should be increased for ensuring stability in Afghanistan. In the meantime, joint steps should be taken for talks,” the statement further added.
Afghanistan had made good progress in strengthening economic ties with central Asian countries, Russia, China and Iran, the president was quoted as telling with the UN diplomats in the statement.
President Ghani added efforts were ongoing for boosting the Kabul-Moscow relationship, but Pakistan had refused to cooperate with Afghanistan. The president shared evidence of terror groups being trained and funded outside Afghanistan.
The president reiterated Afghan government’s “strong will” to hold the elections. “As a president, I will not allow myself to meddle in the affairs of the Independent Election Commission.”
Previous funds for elections had not been used effectively, the president alleged, promising the electoral system would be cleaned up.
The president welcomed the new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia and emphasized on intra-Afghan peace dialogue and peace with Pakistan.
In return, UNSC President Umarov said the team’s visit to Kabul, the first after since 2010, was intended to assess progress made in various areas in Afghanistan, particularly peace and progress. He said that UNSC was exploring ways of enhanced coordination and cooperation among different regional and international organizations.
Security and stability in Afghanistan was crucial to security in the region, remarked the US ambassador to the UN. Haley said the UNSC team was visiting Kabul to pledge more support to Afghanistan.
Praising Afghan National Defense and Security Forces’ fight against terrorism, the the delegation pledged UN’s enhanced cooperation in ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan.
The UN Security Council delegation included the ambassadors of United States, China, Britain, Russia, France, Sweden, Poland, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kuwait, the Netherlands and Peru.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) To help the most vulnerable families including those recently returning from Pakistan and Iran, aid agencies in Afghanistan need $430 million this year, the announcement made during an official ceremony of launching the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan in Kabul here yesterday.
The money will be used to assist 2.8 million people displaced by conflict or natural disasters with emergency shelter and food.
Addressing the event, Dr. Abdullah the international community has proven its continued commitment to the people of Afghanistan with generous humanitarian funding of $317 million in 2017.
“The Humanitarian Response Plan launched today will serve to provide timely, life-saving assistance to families in emergency shelters or in need of urgent support across the country,” he said.
The Chief Executive asked people and the security forces to spare no effort in assisting the UN staffs while deliver aids to vulnerable people.
“In many parts of Afghanistan, violence continues unabated and people need support more than ever,” said Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, adding the response plan puts forward activities of more than 150 humanitarian partners - national and international humanitarian NGOs and the United Nations - delivering assistance to families and communities in need wherever they can be reached, despite difficult conditions including increasing attacks on aid workers.
“Today I call on international donors to stand by 2.8 million people whose lives have been ruined by conflict or natural disaster, and to help people returning to Afghanistan from neighboring countries,” he added, while asking insurgents to allow aids to reach the poor people.
More than two million people were directly affected by the conflict last year, 448,000 of whom had to abandon their homes to save their lives.More than 500,000 people arrived in Afghanistan in 2017, many of them after seeking refuge in Iran, Pakistan or other countries.
But this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan focuses only on providing life-saving emergency assistance to people caught up in current or very recent disasters.
Meanwhile in parts of his speech, Dr. Abdullah said the UN Security Council members visit to Kabul have met with representatives of people in Kabul and the UNSC has prepared to respond to the expectations of the Afghan government.
”The UN Security Council delegation met with civil society activists and women’s representatives,” Dr. Abdullah said, adding the UNSC delegation also talked on timely election, regional-level cooperation for the Afghan peace and support to the reconciliation process as well as counter-terrorism.
Dr. Abdullah said that at the meeting, the Afghan government expressed its concerns over the safe havens of the terrorists outside Afghanistan. “We raised the issue of terrorists’ safe havens with the UN Security Council delegation,” he said.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) To help the most vulnerable families including those recently returning from Pakistan and Iran, aid agencies in Afghanistan need $430 million this year, the announcement made during an official ceremony of launching the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan in Kabul here yesterday.
The money will be used to assist 2.8 million people displaced by conflict or natural disasters with emergency shelter and food.
Addressing the event, Dr. Abdullah the international community has proven its continued commitment to the people of Afghanistan with generous humanitarian funding of $317 million in 2017.
“The Humanitarian Response Plan launched today will serve to provide timely, life-saving assistance to families in emergency shelters or in need of urgent support across the country,” he said.
The Chief Executive asked people and the security forces to spare no effort in assisting the UN staffs while deliver aids to vulnerable people.
“In many parts of Afghanistan, violence continues unabated and people need support more than ever,” said Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, adding the response plan puts forward activities of more than 150 humanitarian partners - national and international humanitarian NGOs and the United Nations - delivering assistance to families and communities in need wherever they can be reached, despite difficult conditions including increasing attacks on aid workers.
“Today I call on international donors to stand by 2.8 million people whose lives have been ruined by conflict or natural disaster, and to help people returning to Afghanistan from neighboring countries,” he added, while asking insurgents to allow aids to reach the poor people.
More than two million people were directly affected by the conflict last year, 448,000 of whom had to abandon their homes to save their lives.More than 500,000 people arrived in Afghanistan in 2017, many of them after seeking refuge in Iran, Pakistan or other countries.
But this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan focuses only on providing life-saving emergency assistance to people caught up in current or very recent disasters.
Meanwhile in parts of his speech, Dr. Abdullah said the UN Security Council members visit to Kabul have met with representatives of people in Kabul and the UNSC has prepared to respond to the expectations of the Afghan government.
”The UN Security Council delegation met with civil society activists and women’s representatives,” Dr. Abdullah said, adding the UNSC delegation also talked on timely election, regional-level cooperation for the Afghan peace and support to the reconciliation process as well as counter-terrorism.
Dr. Abdullah said that at the meeting, the Afghan government expressed its concerns over the safe havens of the terrorists outside Afghanistan. “We raised the issue of terrorists’ safe havens with the UN Security Council delegation,” he said.
 

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