29 March 2017

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Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister for Management and Resources of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nasir Ahmad Andisha met a Turkish delegation led by the General Director of Migration Department in Turkey Atilla Toros with the presence of the Turkish Ambassador Ali Sait Akýn here yesterday, a MoFA statement said.
At the outset, the Deputy Minister expressed his appreciation for Turkey’s brotherly and friendly cooperation and Turkey’s support with Afghanistan over the past 100 years, especially its sacrifices and support in the past 16 years in Afghanistan, adding Afghans have always considered Turkey their second home, and Turks are our brothers. Afterwards, Toros said that Turks too consider Afghanistan their second home, and Afghans have a special place in their hearts. During this meeting, both sides talked on preventing illegal migration of Afghans to Turkey and facilitating  travelling, residence, education,  and legal business for Afghans in that country.
They also talked about controlling human smuggling, policies, regulations, programs, new facilities in migrating to Turkey, responsibilities of the new migration administration in Turkey, electronic registration of migrants, biometric and database process, issuing residence to Afghan citizens, taking care of political matters, combining families of migrants, ousting criminals, and fighting terrorist groups, especially Daesh, the statement added. Finally, the Deputy Minister appreciated Turkish authorities’ good behavior with Afghan migrants in that country and committed to jointly working with the related organizations of both countries in order to better manage and organize issues related to Afghan migrants in Turkey.
 

Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met ýJin Liqun, President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing of China on 23rd March 2017, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement yesterday.
Both sides discussed the AIIB cooperation to Afghanistan, funding and financing of energy, water and railway projects, AIIB president and technical team trip to Afghanistan helps to establish the priorities and new opportunities and some other important subjects, the statement added, saying Afghanistan was able to gain membership of the Bank.
Meanwhile the Minister also thanked the board of governors of the bank for Afghanistan’s membership in the mentioned bank.  Afghanistan’s membership in this bank will open a new chapter of cooperation for economic growth and rapid development, the minister concluded the statement as saying.
 

Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salahuddin Rabbani met with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutierrez at the UN headquarters in New York here the other day, the MoFA said in a statement.
At the outset, FM Rabbani talked on security challenges, achievements of Afghanistan’s Security and Defense Forces, the government quests towards peace process, Afghanistan’s relations with countries in the region, and the achievements of his recent trip to Washington, D.C. Minister Rabbani also added that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan supports the reforms that the Secretary-General intends to bring to this organization. While welcoming the establishment of the office of deputy secretary-general in the fight against terrorism, he hoped for opportunity to be provided for the talented citizens of Afghanistan to work in this office.
Appreciating the valuable services of the UN agencies in Afghanistan, he reminded of Afghanistan’s candidacy for membership in the Human Rights Council for the years of 2018 to 2020, and expressed hope for the support in this regard, the statement added. Afterwards, the UN Secretary-General stated that cooperation for the success of the Afghan government to overcome the challenges is the main priorities of the organization, as well as the United Nations fully support the efforts of the Afghan government towards peace process. The UN Secretary-General assured that the organization will continue to expand its cooperation to consolidate stability and realize the priorities of the Afghan government in different spheres, the statement added. According to another report, Minister of Foreign Affairs met the President of the United Nations Security Council, Matthew Rycroft at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
At the beginning, FM Rabbani expressed appreciation for holding the latest UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan. He also expressed hope that the upcoming UN Security Council members visit to Afghanistan shall be a good opportunity to evaluate Afghanistan’s conditions, especially in security area and its reflection in the Security Council and other UN levels would be more objective. Both sides discussed security challenges in Afghanistan, Afghan National Defense and Security achievements in combating these challenges, and the Afghan government’s concern level over ISIS presence and activities in Afghanistan, the MoFA statement added.
 

Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Accompanied by high ranking officials, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday arrived in northern Balkh and warmly welcomed by Governor Atta Mohammad Noor and other provincial officials, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
During the trip, the president inaugurated the newly constructed Rauza-e-Mubarak mosque and the Noor Hall in Mazar-e-Sharif as well as rang the school bell to mark the beginning of the new academic year in the province, the statement added. In a ceremony held on this occasion, Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor briefed the participant on his achievements in different fields, adding the medical centers has now been increased to 136 that helped decrease the maternal mortality rate in the province.  He also said that around 620 thousands of students studying in 680 educational centers.
“Balkh province had only one university with three faculties, but now the number has increased to 23 thousands of students which females constitutes half of them,” Noor added, saying there are 55 percent of women teachers across the province. He also called Balkh as the only province with 75 Km of railroad. The governor promised staying in the province to monitor the performance of his successor, pledging not to let him do anything wrong. Without giving an exact date, Noor said he would resign in the near future. Meanwhile President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday commended the even-handed development of northern Balkh province, attributing the achievement to Governor Atta Mohammad Noor’s leadership. President Ghani gave the governor full credit for his dedicated work to develop the province. ‘Noor had always pleaded with Kabul for the progress of the province, not for personal favours, he said.
At an event marking the start of the new academic year in the provincial capital, the president promised investment in education. He said 6.9 million textbooks would be distributed to schools across the country over the next fortnight.
While stressing on the need for sustainable focus on girls’ education, he likened investment in females to investment in Afghanistan’s future generations. “Afghanistan has once again turned to be the inseparable point of the Central Asia. If militants want to close such ways for Afghanistan, then they should know that we have different ways to be connected,” the president said as quoted in the statement. Pointing to essential role of education in Afghanistan, the president said matters related to education should not be limited to only Ministry of Education, adding ministries of communications, interior and national defense and public health can play vital role on the aspect, the statement added. Thanking the commission for successful commemoration of Nawroz festival, the president said those taking arm against the government and opposing constitution would be suppressed.
 

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