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Saturday June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani telephoned Mrs. Shaima, who lost three of her sons and Mrs. Razia, who lost one of her brothers in Wednesday terrorist incident in Kabul and extended his deep condolence and sympathy over the incident.
In the telephone contact with Mrs. Shaima, President Ghani praised her sons for service, sacrifice and heroisms in frameworks of the country’s defense and security forces. The country’s President also praised Shaima for training an honest and morale sons serving and defending the country. President Ghani considered martyrdom of the country’s defense and security forces as common pain of all Afghans and added addressing and guarding of martyrs’ families were the government’s key responsibilities and necessary instructions have been always given to relevant officials in this regard. Mrs. Shaima and Razia thanked the country’s President for expressing condolence and sympathy and his attention to families of martyrs. Mrs. Shaima added that her other three sons were also serving in the country’s defense and security forces and would continue their services until they were alive.

Saturday June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met a number of craftsmen from Kabul at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday evening, a presidential statement said.
During the meeting, the president has said the plan for security, stability and peace of Kabul, the central capital would be unveiled after Eidul Fitr.
The statement from the Presidential Palace quoted the president as once again condemning the recent terrorist attacks in Kabul said “The time has come to strike unity in our ranks.” “I have not come here with the force of gun and money, but have come here with your clean votes and I am answerable to you. It is the place of unity not disunity.” The president said the 40-year-old conflict in Afghanistan should come to an end, because it was the right of the Afghans to live a normal life. President Ghani added the Kabul security plan would be unveiled to the public in a big gathering in Kabul after Eidul Fitr. The president said reforms should be brought in consultation with different segments of the society.
In response to demands of the craftsmen, the president said no one had the right to force someone into making payment in the US currency, because the Constitution offered an explanation for it. He said the central bank of Afghanistan has asked the Ministry of Finance to do all transactions in the Afghanis. Craftsmen association head Mohammad Hassan Sepahi on the occasion prayed for the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Kabul. He said the enemy wanted to achieve two goals from the recent attacks—to spread terror and create gap between the government and the people. Sepahi thanked the president for paying attention to the development of the private sector. About the ongoing protest movement in Kabul, he said protest was everyone’s right, but on the condition that no one should be harmed or a property damaged.

Saturday June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and thanked his visit to show solidarity with the people of Afghanistan in the difficult time, a presidential statement said on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Antonio Guterres arrived in Kabul on an unscheduled visit. He met national unity government leaders and UN officials in the country.
He is in Kabul for the first time after assuming office to express solidarity with the people of Afghanistan for peace, stability and development. The UN secretary general vehemently denounced recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, calling terrorism a common enemy, the statement from the Presidential Palace added. Both leaders discussed different subjects, specially the peace process, terrorism regional and international issues. Pointing to his recent meeting with the Pakistan Prime Minister, President Ghani said, they agreed to utilize the Quadrilateral Cooperation Group (QCG) platform for peace and stability.
In recent year, he added, Afghanistan had strengthened economic links with Central Asian republics and Iran. New opportunities of trade and commerce were being explored, he continued. The UN secretary general reiterated the world body’s commitment to standing by Afghanistan in future and supporting government strategies for peace and reforms in the system.
According to another report, Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also met the visiting UN Secretary General, asking him to press Pakistan into supporting the moribund Afghan peace process. During the meeting on Wednesday evening, Dr. Abdullah stressed efforts to convince Pakistan to stop aiding terrorist groups. Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Guterres said during his visit, he received a message from the Afghan government and people of peace process, security and stability. He reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to the Afghan reconciliation process. According to the statement from CE office, Dr. Abdullah thanked the UN for assistance to Afghanistan over the years and paying special attention to the displaced persons and refugees. Chief Executive also shed light on the internal political situation and regional issues, particularly between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Efforts had been made recently to improve relations between the two countries, he added. The CE also referred to Kabul Process meeting, saying the Taliban had not stopped attacks. He accused the group of providing a platform for other terrorists in Afghanistan. He asked Guterres to persuade Pakistan to support the Afghan peace process and refrain from supporting terrorists.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance and Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, Minister of Urban Development and Housing took part in the financial and budget commission of Wolesi Jirga.  They discussed on Development Budget Expenditure, Implementation of Development Projects, Solutions for the problems in these sections, transfer of other administrations’ project to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing and some other important subjects.  It is worth mentioning that, Ministry of Finance work closely with budgetary units to salve their technical problems and to be there a significant increase in budget expenditure.

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