21 February 2017

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Sunday, February 12, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, heading a high-level delegation, left for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday, Presidential press office said in a statement.
Accompanied by senior governmental officials, President Ghani left Kabul for Abu Dubai, the UAE capital, yesterday evening.
During his trip, the president will meet UAE top officials on strengthening relationship between Afghanistan and the UAE as well as would express condolences and sympathy on behalf of Afghan nation over martyring of the five UAE diplomats.
Hanif Atmar, national security advisor, Masoom Stanikzai director of the national directorate of security, general director of the administrative office of the president and presidential advisor Ajmal Ghani, are accompanying the president, the statement added.

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a statement by strongly condemning terrorist attack on Lashkargah said:
Enemies of Afghanistan should know that they would never reach their dirty goals by launching such attacks and bring no disorder in will and determination of our people for having a developed country.
“The enemies of peace and tranquility of Afghanistan people once again have committed a crime and today by launching terrorist attack in Lashkargah, capital city of Helmand they shed blood of a number of our countrymen”, the statement said.
In the statement, the country’s President extended deep condolence and sympathy to families of those martyred in the incident and wished urgent recovery to the injured.

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Kabul (BNA) In a meeting with Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the ambassador of Kazakhstan informed of his country’s full support of Afghanistan’s SCO membership, a statement from Chief Executive Office said yesterday.
During the meeting, Kazakh ambassador said his country enjoying good relations with Afghanistan, adding his country is committed to support Afghanistan’s SCO membership so that to further bolster the bilateral ties. He also presented his country’s highest state medal on the occasion of Kazakh’s 25th anniversary of Republican system to Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, adding his country would support Afghanistan in international conference, including the United Nations and organization of the Islamic countries.
Meanwhile Dr. Abdullah said Afghanistan consider Kazakhstan as its close neighbor, hoping bilateral ties to be further bolstered, in particular in fields of transit and business.
Dr. Abdullah went on saying Afghanistan’s SCO membership would not only help the regional security, but would also promote regional transport and business and would bring new opportunities for investments.
Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah also spoke related to both countries’ cooperation in war on terror and extremism, calling such cooperation important for regional security.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday asked intelligence officials to conduct a deep analysis of insecure districts and identify factors of instability.
The president, who addressing a seminar on its third and last day involving senior intelligence officials from Kabul and provinces, said it was important to clearly analyze the situation in insecure districts, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
The statement quoted the president as saying that the factors of instability should be identified and addressed.
President Ghani praised efforts of intelligence operatives at eliminating the armed opponents. He said his government’s basic goal was a stable Afghanistan and that national interests were kept supreme in major policy decisions.
The president said the seminars aimed at sharing views, experiences were beneficial and asked the participants to come up with long and short term plans for effective implementation of security mechanisms.
He said terrorism was not an indigenous problem in Afghanistan, but was a regional and international issue.
The president also stressed on enhanced security of intelligence officials and issued directives for presenting a special policy in this regard to the National Security Council.
He said the intelligence service had enough capacity but the sector needed increased investment. The president asked the intelligence officials to treat all Afghans equally irrespective of their tribal, ethnic and political affiliations.
National Directorate of Security chief Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai said different topics particularly measures against perceived threats next year, crimes, terrorism and mafia groups are include of the agenda of seminar.
He said people’s cooperation particularly of religious scholars, civil society groups and the media was also discussed at the gathering.

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