19 November 2019

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Wednesday November 6, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke over the phone here on Monday night. According to BNA report, both sides discussed successful holding of presidential election, Afghan peace process and state to state cooperation. Congratulating the successful holding of presidential election, Chinese FM Wang Yi called it a crucial process and briefed the President on a dialogue to be held between Afghan politicians and Taliban representatives in China. Both sides emphasized that the peace process should be led by Afghan government and people, adding the bilateral ties should be based on state to state relations.

Wednesday, November 0 6, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with administrative panel and some members of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House) that were also accompanied by their families here at the presidential palace on Monday night, a statement said yesterday.
At the outset, President’s spokesman Sediq Sediqi readout presidential decree easing regular meetings of the MPs with top government officials, the press office of the present said.
WJ First Deputy Amir Khan Yar and MP Shah Gul Rezayee thanked president’s decree and meeting with the families of the MPs, calling successful holding of the presidential election key to institutionalizing of democracy in the country, the statement added.
Meanwhile the president praised MPs’ efforts for cooperation with government, adding regular meetings would be held with house members.
The president went on saying that coordination among the three forces were essential to safeguard the republic in the country, adding the forces needed to work for strengthening of republic, ensuring peace and citizens’ rights.
Hinting to rule of law in the country, the president said peace was the main priority for people and government, adding there would be no winner in the war, but that of the Afghan forces and government was not ready to deal with the constitution.
The president emphasized on three forces coordination and cooperation for development of the country, the statement added.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani held video-conference with Kandahar elders, influential, youth and civil society activists here the other day and heard their problems and demands, the presidential statement said yesterday.
The Kandahar residents briefed the president on the problems and demands, particularly in areas of education, public health, investments, agriculture, capacity buildings, water management and urban development, the statement added.
Representing the Ulema, provincial head of Ulema Council, Mawlawi Obaidullah Faizani asked president’s attention towards Kandahar religious figures, construction of madrassas and security in the province, according to the statement.
Addressing the Kandahar residents, President Ghani said extension of electricity pylons have been completed by 70 percent and the city would have electricity in coming summer.  He also said 400MW solar energy project has been completed and 70 out of 90 school buildings have also been constructed in the province and the remaining would be completed soon, the statement quoted the president as saying.
Hinting to urban development as the main priority of the government, the president said Kandahar waters to be evaluated and a delegation to be sent to the province to assess prevention of possible floods in the province.
The president also said that grand mosques to be built in each districts of the province, adding government would focus on salaries of the religious figures and heirs of the martyrs’ families, the statement added.
According to the statement. The president instructed the ministry of higher education to consider scholarships for the Kandahar youth as well as construct a dormitory for female students in the city.
The president vowed to address traders’ problems and thanked Kandahar residents for taking part in the election and defending the republic systems in the country, the statement added.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has protested over summoning of the Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad by Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) on Monday.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) SAID THAT PERSONNEL OF Pakistan’s intelligence agency have mistreated Atif Mashal, the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan.
MoFA described Pakistan’s action “In clear contradiction with diplomatic norms and principles.”
“The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, once again calls on the Pakistani Government to align its diplomatic relations with Afghanistan in compliance with international conventions and accepted diplomatic norms,” the statement further said.  On Sunday, Pakistan closed visa operations of its Embassy in Kabul, citing security concerns.  Islamabad claimed that its Embassy staff had faced harassment.
In response, Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Kabul would seriously investigate Pakistan’s claim of security concerns.  “The Government of Afghanistan is committed to providing safety to the diplomats of Pakistan as well as other diplomats in the country,” MoFA statement concluded.
Last month, Afghanistan closed its consulate in Peshawar after Pakistani police in Peshawar removed the national flag of Afghanistan from Khan Market, a property owned by Afghanistan’s national bank.
Last week, the two countries were involved in an exchange of gunfire along the Durand line after Pakistani forces crossed the Durand line.

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