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Sunday April 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Wais Ahmad Barmak Minister of Interior met with Turkish deputy police that leading a Turkish delegation arrived in Kabul.
According to ministry of interior press office to BNA, in the meeting, while Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi Minister of Refugee and Repatriation was present both sides discussed bilateral cooperation in counter-terrorism, counter-narcotic drug and problems of Afghanistan’s refugees in Turkey.
According to another report, Minister of Interior met with Abdul Hai Naimi governor of Baghlan province late yesterday.
Ensuring security in Baghlan and coordination of Afghan Police Personnel with all civil and military organs stationed in the province have been discussed in the meeting.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Defense minister Tariq Shah Bahrami held talks with India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday on Afghanistan’s internal reconciliation process and efforts to combat cross border terrorism, a media report said.
The India media quoted the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as saying that Bahrami shared his assessment of Afghan government’s recent initiatives for internal reconciliation and efforts to combat terrorism with Swaraj in New Delhi.
The Afghan defense minister also “highlighted” that the Afghan people and the government would like India to continue to play a “greater role” in the country.  He also talked about efforts being made by Kabul to combat the menace of opium cultivation and drugs trafficking that funds terror against the people of Afghanistan, the ministry said in a statement.
“Afghanistan deeply appreciated the positive and constructive support extended by India for economic development and reconstruction in Afghanistan and to the Afghan National Defense and Security forces,” the ministry said.
Swaraj appreciated the courage with which the Afghan forces were defending their country and making supreme sacrifices.
“She conveyed India’s support for the efforts of the government and the people of Afghanistan for building a peaceful, secure, stable, united, inclusive and prosperous national.  India remains committed to its New Development Partnership according to the priorities of Afghanistan,” the MEA said.
India last year had announced that it would implement 116 development projects in Afghanistan under the ‘New Development Partnership’.
The Afghan minister is visiting India for the Defense EXPO 2018 which is underway near Chennai.  He had earlier met Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Finance Eklil Hakimi on Saturday met Swedish ambassador to Kabul, during which both sides discussed on that country’s assistances to Afghanistan, bilateral commitments of the government with international community, Sweden Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)’s activities particularly in terms of education and health and other related issues, BNA reported.
Minister Hakimi thanked Sweden assistances and SCA functions in Afghanistan, and then it was decided that in consider with the country’s enforced laws and the mechanism on taxpaying of donor countries and international NGOs, necessary measures are taken in this regard.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, First Lady Rula Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday officially launched the voter registration process and signed up to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections.
Speaking on the occasion here yesterday, President Ghani said a big step has been taken for implementation of the elections’ law and the national constitution, adding the government was committed to holding elections on time.
“National Unity Government (NUG) has the will and commitment to hold transparent elections on due time,” said the president at the launch of the voters’ registration process. He also called on all Afghans eligible to vote to register themselves for the upcoming elections.
“I have not yet met any of the members of the elections commission alone. But I’ve discussed important issues with them in presence of international allies and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah,” the president added, saying that no interference in the work of the Independent Election Commission by any individuals, groups or parties will be allowed.
President Ghani said that the election commission must make sure elections are transparent.
“We expect that IEC officials should hold an impartial, transparent election without considering provincial, ethnic and religious interests,” President Ghani said. He also asked civil society activists, international organizations and political parties to monitor the elections process.
The president also praised efforts of the elections commission, security organs, population registration authority and provincial organs for easing the voters’ registration process.
Meanwhile, President Ghani reiterated the peace offer made in February to the Taliban and said they must end the war and register as a political group. He also said the Taliban should prepare themselves to take part in the elections adding that elections were meaning to end disagreements.
“Men and Women should seriously follow the registration process. As far as me and the first lady have registered our names, the process needed to ease the opportunity for all those Afghans eligible to vote,” the president noted.
According to another report, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also registered for elections.
Dr. Abdullah said that voter registration was one of the National Unity Government’s commitments regarding electoral reforms.
Dr. Abdullah emphasized that voter registration was a prerequisite for the public in order for them to participate in parliamentary, presidential, provincial and district council elections.He said no one will be able to vote if they have not registered.
Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah called on the people to register, adding people need to make sure they register at the center where they will vote. “They will not be able to register at one center and vote at another.”
Earlier this week the IEC said the voter registration process will be broken up into three phases.
In the first phase, those eligible to vote can register at IEC offices in provincial centers from April 14 to May 12.
In the second phase, which starts from May 15 and continues through to May 28, the process will be carried out in the districts. In the third phase, which starts from May 28 to June 22, the voter registration process will be carried out in remote regions of the country.
The IEC has estimated the cost of the voter registration process will be $30 million USD and it has hired over 11,000 people for the duration of the registration process.
The IEC and the government have earmarked 7,300 polling centers across the country, however, nearly 1,000 of these centers are in areas out of government’s control.

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