19 November 2019

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Sunday, November 03, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretary General, Vladimir Norov, on the sideline of SCO council of heads of government meeting in Tashkent on Friday afternoon, a statement from the Chief Executive Press office said.
Congratulating successful holding of presidential election, SG Norov said Afghanistan was of immense important for SCO and reiterated his support of Afghanistan’s full membership of the organization, the statement added.
He went on saying that the organization was supporting Afghanistan’s efforts for peace and reiterated SCO’s full cooperation with Afghanistan in different spheres, according to the statement.
Thanking SCO Secretary General, Dr. Abdullah briefed him of Afghanistan’s situation and the need for regional cooperation.  He said Afghans were in favor of peace.
Dr. Abdullah welcomed SG Norov’s support of Afghanistan full membership in SCO, calling peace and security in Afghanistan indeed peace and security in the region, the statement added.

Sunday, November 03, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met with the Ambassador of Italy to Kabul, Roberto Canton in his office yesterday, a MoFA statement said.
The Italian Ambassador congratulated Zaman for his new position as the Acting Foreign Minister, the statement said.
The Italian Ambassador congratulated Zaman for his new position as the Acting Foreign Minister, the statement said.
Both sides discussed developing bilateral relations, according to the statement.

Sunday, November 3, 2019
Kabul (BNA) A statement from US Embassy in Kabul said that US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad has beefed Afghan leaders on recent consultations on peace process.
The top diplomat visited Kabul from October 26 to 28 and then from October 29 to November 1.  He met President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdulllah and other government officials, the statement added.
The US embassy said in a statement the special envoy on Afghanistan reconciliation briefed the officials on his recent consultations with allies, partners and other regional countries.  Khalilzad also held meetings with former officials, members of civil society and regional community to brief them and to hear their views on the peace process, according to the statement.  Khalilzad underscored US support for a political settlement to end the war in Afghanistan and that a reduction in violence was necessary to bring lasting peace, the statement concluded as saying.

Saturday November 2, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, National Procurement Commission’s meeting was held Thursday evening at presidential palace. According to BNA report, in the meeting, after 31 procurement contracts were discussed and reviewed, 27 contracts worth more than 2.6 billion Afghanis including the contract for construction the first section of gathering hall of the country’s National Martyred of Peace Ustad Abdul Ali Mazari were approved. Afterwards, commission on access to information presented suggestion in connection with processing the modification of renting project of five armored vehicles for the commission, which was approved by the commission and the Ministry of Finance was instructed to provide a plan in connection with modality of using the vehicles and deliver it to the commission.
Kabul municipality presented the contract modification (Extension of Time) for construction of Wazirabad Canal project to the meeting, which was approved by the commission. The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum presented the contract modification with extension of time and price increase for the project to deploy 80 security guards for Shaberghan-Mazar-e-Sharif pipeline projects, which was approved by the commission and the ministries of finance, economy and national procurement authority were tasked to provide a plan related to modality of providing price in exchange to delivering security services by public protection enterprise and deliver it to the commission. Independent Directorate of Local Organs (IDLG) presented the contract modification with extension of time for consultative services (Appointment of partner organizations) in order to cooperate in implementation of citizen covenant program in Nangarhar, Kandahar, Balkh and Herat, which was approved by the commission.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) presented the modification contract (Over-time working) for construction of Afghanistan embassy’s complex to Tashkent, but was restored and the ministry of lands and urban development and MoFA were tasked to brief in this regard. Afterwards, the Ministry of Transportation presented the modification contract (Increase in price with time extension) for asphalting and construction of 15km roads in Mazar-e-Sharif city, which was approved by the commission. The Ministry of Urban Development and Land presented the modification contract with time extension for providing and procurement of 16 staples of raw materials for producing pre-fabrication factory, which was approved by the commission. National Procurement Authority presented quintet agreement for providing medicines to MoD, MoI and MoPH, between NPA, MoPH, MoI, MoD and medicine industrial union and Afghanistan Health Products, which was approved by the commission. In the meeting, request for approving a project for construction of modern cold stores complex 500 metric in 10 provinces was restored for further reviews. Besides, the contract for procurement 11 staples of dessert protection materials was also restored for further reviews.

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