19 July 2018

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Tuesday July 3, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah chaired Council of Ministers meeting here yesterday, a statement from Chief Executive Office said.
At the outset, Dr. Abdullah condemned the terrorist attack on Sikh Community and called it an inhuman and un-forgiveness act. He said Sikhs playing key role in development of Afghanistan and instructed security organs to do more for security of Sikhs and Hindu community in the country.
Addressing the meeting, Chief  Executive Dr. Abdullah has opposed the idea of specifying safe zones to the Taliban and termed the move as providing sanctuaries to terrorists and allowing activities against human rights and drug trafficking.
The CE said the strategy to hand over safe zones to the Taliban was presented but this plan is against the will of the people of Afghanistan.
Dr. Abdullah said Afghanistan could provide a safe zone for people who were interested in peace and stability in the country. He reiterated the offer to hand over safe zone to the Taliban was against the interest of the people.
“Handing over areas to terrorist groups from where they launch terrorist activities or drug trafficking is not the way to resolve things and may not help peace and stability in the country,” he said.
Concluding his inaugural speech, Dr. Abdullah congratulated duties of the newly appointed acting ministers of Information and Culture and Urban Development and Housing.
The meeting continued with reports of the security organs on overall security situation of the country, report of the first deputy to Chief Executive on reformation draft of the prisons in the upcoming four years and report of the ministry of economy on implementation of the strategic plan for capacity buildings of the government organs in first quarter of the solar year 1397.
Meanwhile the meeting continued with Ministry of Finance briefing the session on ministries’ expenditure of ordinary and development budget, Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology’s draft on e-governance and Ministry of Transport’s sectorial policy on transport.
At the end director of the environment protection agency rejected the rumors on spitting poison to Panjshir River, saying their technical team found there were no poison in the river.

Tuesday July 3, 2018

Kabul (BNA) After passing two days of his visit to eastern Nangarhar province, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday traveled to Mehtarlam city, Laghman’s center, the presidential palace said in a statement.
During his trip, while inaugurating Laghman 100-bed hospital, President Ghani hoisted Afghanistan’s flag and by cutting a ribbon, inaugurated Laghman’s provincial governor office building, according to the statement. Likewise, President Ghani separately met with civil and military officials, women, youth, religious ulema, university and schools’ teachers of Laghman province, the statement added.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met yesterday with Alice Wells, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.
In the meeting, acting minister of foreign affairs while regarding peace as principal need for the people of Afghanistan stressed on serious fight against terrorism.
Deputy assistance Secretary of State for South and Central Asia regarded counter corruption, narcotics and terrorism efforts as key and insisted on all out cooperation between Afghanistan and the US.
Pointing to NATO summit determined to be held in near future, Ms. Wells informed of the organization’s strong message for Afghanistan in the summit.
In the meeting, both sides discussed regional and bilateral cooperation, APAPPS, up-coming parliamentary and presidential elections, strengthening of ANDSF and economic development.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Nangarhar (BNA) Led by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a high-ranking government delegation paid a visit to Nangarhar and participated in a security meeting attended by local defense and security officials.  In the meeting held yesterday at Shahi Palace in Nangarhar, first local defense and security officials delivered report related to overall security condition of the province and eastern provinces of the country, achievements, maintaining security of highways and upcoming elections.
They said that they were able to manage the situation and keep on military operations against Daesh during ceasefire by joint coordination of the country’s defense and security forces.
After hearing report delivered by local defense and security officials, the country’s President by praising national defense and security forces for better management of ceasefire, their sacrifices an efforts towards defending  the people and country stressed on timely providing supplies and equipment to defense and security forces.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani instructed defense and security officials to take urgent steps for suppressing the enemies after reviewing areas threatened by them and stressed on further coordination between the country’s defense and security forces to maintain security of highways and upcoming elections.
Expressing unhappiness over Torkham security management, the country’s President said that there were complaints in this regard, instructing Nangarhar governor to kick off review the management and find practical ways for solving the problem.

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