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Monday, February 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker and a number of other members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the sideline of the 56th Munich Security Conference on Saturday evening, a presidential press office statement said yesterday.
Both sides discussed a range of issues pertaining to security, peace process and President Ghani’s prospect on it, Afghanistan’s fight against narcotics and terrorist groups, where terrorism was termed a common threat to the region as well as Afghanistan’s allies, the statement added.
President Ghani elucidated the Afghan government’s vision and commitment for sustainable and inclusive peace, with an emphasis to protecting the hard-earned gains of the past two decades.
The president provided information on the Afghan government’s economic plans and answered to the questions raised by the US senators on reduction of American troops in Afghanistan and its impacts as well as aftermaths in the region and Afghanistan, the statement added, quoting the president saying that the Afghan Defense and Security forces are leading 94 percent of the operations and the forces are capable enough to defend their people and homeland.
Having talked over the peace process, president Ghani told US congress delegation that the potential threats and opportunities must be precisely evaluated, adding that the government of Afghanistan has the determination, wisdom and capability to analyses the opportunities appropriately in order to bring sustainable peace to the country.
The participants also discussed ensuring the interests of Afghanistan and the United States. The president was quoted in the statement saying that: “We are still confronting a medium to long-term common threats that requires joint commitment to tackle them.”
The president stressed that the Taliban are still engaged in drug trafficking, while discussing the issue with the US Congressional delegation.
We haven’t seen any notable developments and concrete anti-terrorism step taken by Pakistan,” the president said, adding that the Taliban’s sanctuaries remain a dilemma that must be addressed.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing media at the Government Media and Information Center here on Thursday, the President’s advisor in strategic and public relations, Wahid Omar said that government would launch a month-long campaign of sharing information with the people under the title ‘Government accountability to nation’ from today (February 16).
Omar went on saying that government officials would share information about their annual achievements and problems they faced over a year with people via media outlets. He said protesting media outlets had shared a list of 45 subjects, about which the government would provide information.
He also said government departments had worked on some of these subjects and others were under the process for providing information about them to the public.
The president advisor added that the cabinet had also discussed complaints raised by the media and President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had directed all organs not to commit negligence in sharing information with people through media.
“We believe that the government and media should not confront each other, but both should work in the same line for the defense of the Afghan people and the country’s values,” he said.
He said freedom of speech was an achievement of the government and all people of Afghanistan and the government would not let anyone impose restrictions on it.
The government’s statements come after many Afghan media outlets in a joint statement accused the government of not giving access to information it held.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev on the sideline of 56th Munich Security Conference here on Friday evening, a presidential statement said yesterday.
Both sides discussed trade, transit, bilateral cooperation and state to state agreement on purchasing of oil, the statement added.
Hinting to enhancing bilateral cooperation, Azerbaijani president said his country was willing to improve ties with Afghanistan.
Thanking Azeri readiness for cooperation with Afghanistan, the president said was willing to utilize successful experiences of Azerbaijan in areas of customs and fiscal management system, the statement quoted him as saying.
According to another report, President Ghani also met with president of Kazakhstan on the sideline of 56th Munich Security Conference yesterday.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan said that would appoint his country’s special envoy for Afghanistan, adding peace and stability in the country was important for Kazakhstan too and that he was supporting regional and international approach for peace in the war-torn country.
He also said that his country was ready to extend support for Afghanistan in areas of education, in particular granting scholarships to Afghan youth, according to the statement from the presidential press office.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani also said that trade ties between the two countries have increased to even five times, adding that it was needed to keep balance of the imports and exports between the two countries.

Sunday, February 09, 2020
Kabul (BNA) On the head of a high level delegation, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday afternoon left Kabul for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, the presidential press office said.
The 10th World Urban Forum (WUF), the largest global urban conference is happening in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 8 to 13 February 2020.
It takes into account key challenges for action to ensure sustainable urban development, including the need for aligned implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban one.

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