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Thursday May 9, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Idress Zaman met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Kabul Rhee Zha Hyoung here on Tuesday, BNA reported. Deputy Minister Zaman emphasized the strengthening of ties between the two countries and added that the Afghan Government wants increased number of educational scholarships from South Korea in the fields of specialized studies. The South Korea ambassador stated that the Republic of Korea fully supports the Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process and provides short term trainings for 100 government employees every year. The two sides also talked on expanding cultural, economic, and education ties between the two countries.

Thursday May 9, 2019

Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib met Pakistan ambassador Zahid Nasrullah here in his office on Tuesday, and both sides discussed regional cooperation and peace process, BNA reported. The two sides discussed the Afghan peace parleys, regional cooperation, counter-terrorism and President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s upcoming visit to Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan. NSA Mohib said: “This trip could be an opportunity where we can build a positive momentum which is good for both countries.” The officials also exchanged views on various issues including mutual trade relations and health services. According to another report, National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib on Tuesday met with Australian delegation led by Dr. Lachlan Strahan, the Assist. Secretary S/W Asia. The two sides have discussed the Afghan peace process, possible ceasefire, upcoming election and regional cooperation. It added that the delegation also reaffirmed Australia’s support from an intra-Afghan peace process, elections possible ceasefire and assisting Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), as they called them “Heroic”. During the meeting the NSA Mohib has thanked the delegation for Australia’s assistance and praised their sacrifices in Afghanistan.

Thursday May 9, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a statement condemned terrorist attack on a foreign Non-Government Organization (NGO) in Kabul said Taliban by carrying out the attack on one of NGOs in 10th PD has committed an unforgivable crime. According to BNA report, “Taliban by taking responsibility of this criminal act has once again shown that they are in contradiction of Islamic and Afghani values and confrontation with the will of the nation in Peace Consultative Jirga,” the statement said. The country’ President while condemning the criminal act in the strongest term said Taliban should say “yes” to peaceful demands of the people of Afghanistan, otherwise they would be seriously suppressed by the country’s brave defense and security forces. In the statement, President Ghani offered condolence to the victim families of the incident.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Deputy foreign minister on political affairs Idrees Zaman met with Pakistani ambassador Nasrullah Khan on Tuesday, BNA reported.
Stressing on enhancing ties between the two countries, Mr. Zaman expressed government’s concerned on closing Pakistan’s airspace on Afghanistan’s flights, according to the agency.
Pakistan ambassador vowed that his country would soon decide about opening Pakistan’s airspace to Afghan flights, BNA added.
Furthermore, both sides also exchanged views on bolstering economic ties, solving transit and transport problems, joint fighting terrorism, two countries’ joint Ulama council, resuming 7th round of Afghanistan and Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) and many other related issues.

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