18 November 2018

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Saturday November 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) During their visit to Daikundi province, President Ghani and Second Vice-President inaugurated several projects on construction work of Nili city road, solar power generation, transferring network and power distribution.
According to BNA report, 9 km road from Dasht area to Daikundi Bazaar-e-Kohna would be completed within eighteen months. The projects would cost 430 million Afghani and would be paid through the government’s development budget. 5.5 mgw solar power generation project would cost over $13 million and would be paid through the government’s development budget. Likewise, the transferring network and power distribution project for Nili city would cost 18 million Afghani. Sokhtok power dam water would be ensured through Lazir river and construction work on dam’s body was been completed as well as work on installation of two turbines in the dam would soon start. According another report, during his visit to Daikundi province, President Ghani met with security and military officials and heard their reports on the province’s security situation. At the outset, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali and Mohammad Ali Shujaee, Daikundi coordination center commander briefed about the province’s security situation said security was ensured in Daikundi, adding there are some movements in border areas, but the Afghan security forces could successfully defend them. Thanking Daikundi security team, Second Vice-President said besides foreign threats, there were some local problems that would be solved with sound management. Afterwards, the President thanked Daikundi’s good management of civil and military in-charges in the parliamentary elections and instructed the defense ministry’s chief of army staff to review that province’s vulnerabilities and take immediate step in the respect.
 

Saturday November 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) During his visit to Daikundi province, the President attended and spoke in a people gathering held in Nili city, BNA reported. At the outset, welcoming the President, Second Vice-President and their accompanying delegation, Daikundi governor, Eng. Mahmoud Baligh said the province’s people were lover of knowledge and peace-loving and have played precious role in all national process particularly the elections. Afterwards, Daikundi provincial council’s deputy Zekry Hashimi while supporting the government policies said there were still many problems in the province, as well as the development budget has been allocated to the province is insufficient, thus, it is asked that Daikundi to be promoted to a second grade province. Thanking the efforts made by Daikundi people to ensure welfare end develop education and higher education, Second Vice-President lauded the province’s youth sacrifices and devotions in Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) ranks. Security of Pato, Kejran and Nawamish are prioritized in the government plans and other priorities that will be addressed are including construction of roads, airport and ensuring power energy in the province, Second Vice-President added. He asked Daikundi people to play their role in safeguarding unity, solidarity, supporting ANDSF and democratic system such they did in the past. Furthermore, the President while praying for the soul of martyr Sayed Mustafa Kazemi and other martyrs said, Daikundi people have proven over the last seventeen years that they want a democratic system and they support it. Appreciating people role in education, growth, the President said investment in education is one of Daikundi people precious traditions. Likewise, the President pointed out that Daikundi would turn into a second grade province. A woman advisory would be established in Daikundi governor office, aims at further serving the women in that province.
 

Thursday November 8, 2018

Kabul (BNA) A high-ranking delegation of the Political Office of Afghanistan will attend Moscow’s conference on Afghanistan on Nov. 9, an Afghan spokesman announced Tuesday.
“This conference is not about negotiating with any particular side, but it is a conference about holding comprehensive discussions on finding a peaceful solution to the Afghan question and ending the American occupation,” said Zabihullah Mujahid.
“Every side and individual will articulate their views and policy in this regard, and representatives of Afghanistan will also give detailed speeches” on such issues as “restoring peace and security to our beloved homeland and the region,” he added.
Invitations to the meeting have also been sent to the U.S., Pakistan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is set to address the participants before the meeting this Friday, Moscow added.
Anadolue Agency
 

Thursday November 8, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan is sending a delegation to attend international peace talks in Russia this month, officials have said.
Moscow is hosting the event on November 9 at a sensitive time, as the United States has been seeking to engage the Taliban in talks with Kabul to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan.
Officials of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, a government body responsible for reconciliation efforts with the militants, said on November 5 that the council will send four representatives to the Moscow meeting.
Meanwhile, the Taliban's political office told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that the militant group will also participate in the Moscow talks, though it does not regard them as a "formal dialogue for peace."
The Afghan Foreign Ministry, however, did not say whether it will send a delegation to the Russian conference.
"We are still negotiating with the Russian officials," ministry spokesman Sebaghtullah Ahmadi said. "We welcome any peace effort that is Afghan-led."
The Russian Foreign Ministry claimed on November 3 that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and representatives of the Taliban in Qatar both planned to send delegations to the meeting.
Moscow has also invited representatives from the United States as well as India, Iran, China, Pakistan, and five former Soviet republics in Central Asia -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Pakistan, which has long been accused of providing support to the Afghan Taliban, will "definitely" attend, Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Muhammad Faisal told AFP.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Moscow meeting was initially scheduled to take place in September, but was postponed after Kabul insisted that the process should be Afghan-led.
The meeting comes as newly appointed U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been trying to convince the Taliban to agree to negotiate an end to the war, and there are fears the Russian meeting could derail those efforts.
U.S. efforts to bring the Taliban to the peace table have for years foundered over the militants' insistence on negotiating directly with Washington rather than the Afghan government, which it calls a "puppet" of the United States.
A U.S. government watchdog last week said Kabul's control of Afghanistan has slipped in recent months as local security forces suffered record casualties while making minimal or no progress in the battle against the Taliban.
Gandhara
 

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