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Monday March 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with a number of Baghlan elders and representatives, during which he expressed condolence and sympathy over martyrdom of Alam Jan Mujahid and prayed for the soul of deceased, his office said in a statement. According to the statement, in the meeting which was held at the Presidential Palace, President Ghani has stressed strict measures to deal with land-grabbers, calling social justice vital to eliminating problems in northern Baghlan province. The visiting delegation thanked the president for paying personal attention toward the problems facing the province and urged him to order an investigation into the killing of Haji Alam Jan Mujahid, the provincial council member, the statement added.
The president said a unit of 400 personnel had been formed in Kabul to wrest back the grabbed lands. The unit was able to get back state lands and assets, he added, the statement continued. President Ghani pledged resolving the electricity issue of Baghlan and implementing reforms in military and civilian institutions. In addition, a presidential delegation headed by Advisor Abdul Sattar Saadat will travel to Baghlan soon, the statement concluded. 
 

Monday March 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the high board for appointment of senior defense and security officers held first session to introduce head and members, BNA reported the other day.
President Ghani in the meeting attended by CE Dr. Abdullah and ministers of defense and security sector, state minister on reforms in security affairs, Amrullah Saleh and head of supervising board on appointment of senior security officials and the member, called it a historical and sensitive day and wished success to the board’s head and members. He called the elites of defense and security a think tank and noted that this could do its duty in brining reforms in the defense and security senior officers and their promotion and to reach the goal it would have full political support from the government of national unity, the agency quoted.
The president also called the viewpoint of the head of the head and members of the board constructive in the four year development plan of the country’s security forces, the agency added. The board is expected to help institutionalize a democracy system, provide comprehensive and crucial surveillance and investigation to the promotion of the senior officers of the Afghan security and defense forces, besides performing many other related responsibilities, according to the agency. According to the agency, under the board guidelines, the defense and security ministers have to cooperate with the state minister on reforms of the security sector and head of the supreme board on appointment of senior officers of defense and security forces.
 

Sunday March 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA) For tightening security and stability and anti-terrorism effort, national unity government is making effort to create a joint procedure in the region so that terrorist activities could be ended.
National Security Advisor to President Hanif Atmar on a three-day official visit to Russia met his Russian counterpart and Foreign Minister Segey Lavrov and discussed various issues. Hanif Atmar said Afghanistan highly appreciates Russia’s initiative towards regional consensus in Central Asia in order to promote partnership in various spheres. “Traditionally, Afghanistan carries out a multi-vector foreign policy and Russia is a major factor in our country’s foreign policy,” he said. “Russia and Afghanistan have important common interests and our partnership is playing a major role in achieving these common goals. Our cooperation plays an important role in countering terrorism and drug trafficking, in ensuring peace and national reconciliation in our country and in developing trade-and-economic relations.”
Meanwhile, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov while stressing on national reconciliation in Afghanistan said that his country planned to take additional steps towards national reconciliation program in Afghanistan.
“It is very important to continue conversation on issues of national reconciliation,” he said. “In the recent months, we have taken a number of initiative steps with participation of a number of countries that are the key foreign players.” The Russian official also said they had full determination towards further developing cooperation with Afghanistan in trade and economic, humanitarian areas and in assisting the strengthening of combat capability of Afghan security forces and army. Although a number of Afghan experts doubt political, economic and trade relations with Russian, but Afghanistan national unity government wants to have good relations with countries of the world and will never let any country use its soil against others.
Afghans believe that anti-terrorism effort is not only the responsibility of Afghanistan but it is also the responsibility of all the world in particular regional countries as terrorist activities are expanding in the region which has caused the world concern. Russia should also cooperate with Afghanistan in counter terrorism effort because terrorists want to expand their activities to Central Asia. It is worth mentioning that recent terrorist attack on Kabul has shown that terrorists respect neither religious values nor have mercy on children and doctors and make use of any kind of crimes to reach their goals. Afghanistan government should try to prevent all acts and activities which harm Afghans, concentrate on joint cooperation of the world and regional countries in this regard and urge regional countries to adopt honest measures in counter terrorism effort.
Afghanistan National Security Advisor to President Mohammad Hanif Atmar has praised Russian contacts with Taliban for reconciliation. Secretary to Russian national Security Council has said his country had contacted Taliban in order to join Afghan-led peace process. Previously Russia had been accused of contacting the Taliban group, which could harm relations of Afghanistan with Russia, but now we see that Russia is willing to work with Afghanistan so that peace and stability is tightened in the region. Afghanistan national security advisor’s visit to Russian has come amid statement of US President Donald Trump, asking most of world countries in particular Russia for creating a common strategy in counter terrorism effort and ending the phenomenon. Besides, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed on tightening peace and lasting stability in Afghanistan, saying that Russia was ready to provide any kind of cooperation with Afghanistan in maintenance peace and stability in the country.
Hamidullah Faizi
 

Sunday March 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The United States President Donald Trump and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to continue to work together in Afghanistan and against ISIS.
“I am very glad that the United States is intending to continue to commit to the Afghan mission as well. Together we fight against Islamist terrorism. Germany is going to step up its work and is going to continue its work in Afghanistan,” Merkel told reporters at a joint news conference with Trump at the White House on Friday. Trump praised Germany’s role in Afghanistan. “I want to thank the chancellor for her leadership in supporting NATO and its efforts in Afghanistan. This has come at significant cost, including the lives of over 50 German soldiers whose sacrifice we greatly honor,” said the US President. Most importantly, the two countries must continue to work together to protect our people from radical Islamic terrorism and to defeat ISIS. “I applaud Chancellor Merkel for Germany’s contributions, both civilian and military, as a counter-ISIS coalition member. We also recognize that immigration security is national security,” he said. “We must protect our citizens from those who seek to spread terrorism, extremism and violence inside our borders. Immigration is a privilege, not a right, and the safety of our citizens must always come first without question,” Trump said.
 

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