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Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani issued a decree barring government officials and workers from meddling in the next presidential election, saying anyone who violated the decree would face justice. The decree says all government workers should observe the following notes for transparency and impartiality in the 2019 presidential election:
- Provide adequate and timely cooperation relevant to them to election commissions when requested.
- Observe impartiality during the performance of job relevant to election process.
- Avoid activities that can influence voter’s decision or encourage them to vote for a specific candidate or any action that can disrupt the freedom of a voter.
- Avoid providing any government facilities or resources in favor to any candidates unless they are provided equally and based on law.
- Avoid introducing people to election commissions for their employment as permanent or temporary election workers.
- Avoid using your authority in support of or against any candidates.
- Avoid accepting orders from election workers that violate the law or giving them gifts.
- Avoid entering voter’s registration centers, polling sites and votes counting areas with weapons or armed bodyguards.
- Avoid inviting presidential candidates to inauguration of projects or any parties.
- Keep information secret they obtain during their job in the election process or from Independent Election Commission (IEC) and avoid publishing them or giving them to a specific candidate. The second article of the decree says any government official or worker if violated the law would be taken to justice. The third article of the decree says departments and ministries of the government are responsible to prepare non-interference guidelines and share them with the National Security Council. Article four of the decree says the decree is implementable from the date it was released and relevant organs are responsible for its implementation.
 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad President Ashraf Ghani met with Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in the sidelines of Munich Security Conference, and discussed security cooperation in the region and combat against terrorism.
Minister Gargash conveyed well wishes of the leadership of U.A.E., and said his government is fully supportive of Afghan government led and owned peace process.
President Ghani also conveyed his good wishes to the leadership of the UAE said that the Afghan government is grateful to UAE’s positive role in the peace process led and owned by the Afghan government.
 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference yesterday.
His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said that his government supports a peace process owned and led by the Afghan government.
They also discussed expanding bilateral relations between the government of Afghanistan and State of Qatar.
President Ghani extended gratitude to His Highness the Emir of Qatar for his government’s efforts to support Afghan government led and owned peace process, and said that Afghans, who suffered for four decades, deserve peace.
 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) At the sideline of Munich Security Conference, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received Turkish defense minister, BNA reported.
During the meeting, both sides exchanged views on security issues, joint fighting terrorism and training of the Afghan National Police (ANP). Besides, Turkish defense minister said his country is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in various fields, particularly, training of ANP. Appreciating Turkey’s continued cooperation, President Ghani said we could uproot terrorism with regional cooperation and coordination.
 

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