20 November 2019

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Wednesday November 13, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Idrees Zaman met with the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Kabul Ms. Alison Blake, this morning.
According to BNA report, the British Ambassador called on Foreign Minister to discuss areas of bilateral cooperation, recent developments and exchange views on issues of mutual interest.
At the outset, Ambassador Blake briefed Acting Minister Zaman on the issues related to the upcoming elections in the UK.
She also raised issues related to the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
The discussions in this meeting also covered aspects of bilateral relations as well as peace related issues.
The Acting Foreign Minister briefed the British Ambassador on the 7 point peace plan prepared by the government.
The two sides concluded the meeting with the renewal of commitments to the bilateral ties and the strengthening of mutual cooperation.

Wednesday November 13, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a meeting was held to review works and fundamental reforms plan of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL).
In the meeting held yesterday at Presidential Palace, officials of the respective ministry delivered their works report and plan in particular for improvement of condition at the ministry.
They enumerated their visions in connection with perspective of the ministry in short, mid and long-term in particular consideration on agriculture development and increasing the domestic products, further work with farmers, construction of irrigation dams, mechanization of agriculture, work on agriculture strategy, increasing of incomes in agriculture sector and attention to exports of agricultural products and reduction of imports.
After hearing their visions and report, the country’s President said that further monitoring should be done for implementation of his plans and goals in agricultural sector.
Stressing on alternative plan for importing of agricultural products, President Ghani said Afghanistan would be changed to eight economic zones; therefore, further consideration should be paid to construction of dams and fair distribution of water in the country.
The country’s president added that principal work should be followed on forests, saying that a regular system should be created for increasing of forests in the country.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani by stressing on absorption of investment in agriculture sector said that the ministry of agriculture should free itself from dependency to foreign countries, asserting that further investment should be made in agricultural products to increase agricultural products in the country.

Wednesday November 13, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani expressed his deep sadness on the demise of Dr. Asadullah Hanif Hanif Balkhi, former Minister of Education of the country, Bakhtar News Agency reported Tuesday.
“Dr. Hanif Balkhi did much for the young generation of the country, during his long period of tenure as minister of education,” the agency quoted the president as saying.
The president wished paradise for late Balkhi’s soul and extended his deep condolence to his family and friends, the agency said.
According to another report, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, also, in a message, expressed sadness over the demise of late Balkhi and said the deceased Dr. Balkhi was a knowledgeable, home-loving and tolerant personality who spent most of his life in the service of the country and the people.
His death is undoubtedly a loss to the cultural, academic society and education of Afghanistan, the message says.
In his message, the country’s chief executive wished paradise to the deceased Dr. Balkhi and offered condolence and sympathy to the remained.
According another report, Second Vice President Sawar Danesh in a separate message has condoled the demise of Dr. Asadullah Hanif Balkhi.
In his message, Second Vice President considered the death of Dr. Balkhi as a loss to the country’s education sector, appreciating his services and efforts at the ministry of education.
Danesh by offering condolence and sympathy to the deceased family and wished him paradise.
Late Balkhi demise was due to critical illness he was long suffering.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan today declared that three senior members of Taliban have been released from prison with special conditions.
According to Bakhtar News Agency President Ashraf Ghani today in a news session in presidential palace has declared that Haji Mili Khan, Hafiz Rashid and Anas Haqani three senior members of Taliban have been released from the prison today.
In exchange of the release of the three persons, Taliban will release two lecturers of American-Afghan University, including an American and an Australian.
Afghan president says that the release of senior members of Taliban has been taken place after extensive consultations with Afghanistan’s international partners especial Americans. The release of those people cannot leads to extension of fighting, violence and weakening the Afghan defending and security forces.

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