11 August 2020

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, met yesterday morning with General McKenzie, Commander of the US Central Command, at the Presidential palace.
During the meeting, both sides discussed the Afghan peace process, the security situation, the support of the Afghan security and defense forces, and the strengthening of security cooperation, the presidential press office said.
"I am here to reassure you and the people of Afghanistan that the United States remains committed to the peace, development and security of Afghanistan and that we stand with you to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a safe haven for terrorism again," said Gen. McKenzie.
On the other hand, President Ghani welcomed General McKenzie and thanked him for further strengthening the security partnership, saying that peace is a fundamental desire of the Afghan people and a top priority for the government, and that the Taliban must renounce war and violence, the statement added.

Monday, July 13, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Presidential Palace on Sunday said the increased Taliban’s violence was damaging the Afghans’ and international community’s hopes for intra-Afghan talks.
Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Presidential Palace, wrote in his twitter account that the Taliban militants had increased their violence and civilians were killed and wounded in their attacks on security forces.
He said the Taliban had started a targeted killing spree by attacking government employees across the country. He said the increased violence shattered the hopes of Afghans and international community for conduct of intra-Afghan talks.
The presidential spokesman called on the Taliban to bring their ongoing violence to an end and take real steps towards peac.
National Security Council (NSC) said on Saturday that 23 civilians were and 45 others wounded as a result of Taliban attacks last week in 16 provinces.
The insurgents inflicted casualties on 68 civilians during the week. Roadside bombings, targeted killings and direct fire were major causes of civilian casualties, the NSC said in a statement.

Sunday July 12, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the proposal to sign an agreement between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan to facilitate the exchange of sentenced persons except for those convicted of terrorism and drug trafficking.
Transfer of Offenders Act No. S of 1995 provides that, a citizen of foreign country who is convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in Sri Lanka can be transferred to his country subject to the same punishment there and a Sri Lankan who commits such a punishment in a foreign country can be transferred subject to same punishment in Sri Lanka.
In order to comply with these provisions, Sri Lanka must enter into an agreement with the relevant country.
Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of justice, Human Rights and Legal Reforms to sign an agreement between Sri Lanka and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to facilitate the exchange of convicted persons except for those convicted of terrorism and drug trafficking.

Sunday July 12, 2020
Kabul (BNA) South Korea has participated in a virtual multilateral meeting hosted by the Afghan government to discuss joint efforts to stabilise the Central Asian country from unrest, Yonhap news agency quoted the Seoul's foreign ministry Friday.
Violence is escalating in Kabul amid efforts to start a United States-backed peace deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban after nearly two decades of war, after the US withdrawal of forces under a February deal it signed with the Taliban.
The virtual meeting, which took place late Thursday, focused on assessing the international efforts toward stability in and the development of Afghanistan and challenges to overcome in order to further advance the peace process for Kabul.
Notably, they called for the Taliban to stop the violence and engage in the peace talks.
Lee Young Chae, Seoul's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, stressed the need for a swift peace deal to be reached so as to help Afghanistan establish an inclusive and responsible political governance and build a society that respects universal values.
Among those who also attended the meeting were Afghan President Ashraf Ghani; Abdullah Abdullah, head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, and other representatives from 11 countries and four international organisations, the ministry said.

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