24 February 2020

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Thursday, February 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive of the National Unity Government (NUG), in a meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General special representative, Mr. Tadamichi Yamamoto, said that he fully supports the process of the electoral complaints, a statement from the CE office said Wednesday.
Both sides discussed issues relating to the electoral complaints and efforts to reach peace in the country, said the statement.
The two sides also emphasized on law based transparency of the process of investigating complaints and noninterference into the independent electoral complaints commission’s affairs.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Special Representative of the President and the State Minister for Peace, Abdul Salam Rahimi, met with Arnout Pauwels, Belgium’s Special Representative for Afghanistan here in his office yesterday.
In the meeting, the two sides discussed the issues related to the Afghanistan peace process and the creation of an international consensus through the establishment of the Peace Support Group.
Belgium’s Special Representative for Afghanistan said that his country supports the Afghanistan peace process.
Meanwhile, the State Minister for Peace expressed his gratitude for Belgium’s continued support for Afghanistan.
According to another report from state ministry for peace, Abdul Salam Rehimi also met with Mohammad Karim Khalili, leader of Hezbe-e-Wahdat-e-Islami Afghanistan (Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan) and Haji Din Mohammad, a prominent Jihadi and political figure in the country.  The meetings discussed recent developments and issues related to peace.
The meetings were held following the consultative meetings of the State Minister for Peace to establish a national consensus for peace.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Kabul (BNA)  President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, at the first meeting of the counter-drugs commission, called creation of the commission an important measure and said any-program in this field should be run and get practical, a statement from the Presidential Palace said Tuesday.
In the meeting which was attended by the deputy counter-drugs minister, the country’s president pointed to the Ministry of Public Health’s reports about the growing number of drug addicts and called it a big challenge in the country.
“Any efforts and program needed to counter the vicious phenomenon of drugs, should be run and be carried out,” said the country’s president after hearing information shared by the deputy counter-drugs minister.
The country’s president said all government instructions, including the ministries of information and culture, education, higher education, public health and telecommunication and information technology, to provide and develop their programs and plans in the field of fighting drugs and the ministries of agriculture, water and livestock, rural development and mines and commerce to work on the chain value of the alternative livelihood, the statement quoted.
The president added that the security and defense organs of the country should work on prevention and trafficking of the drugs and said the independent local organs should work jointly with the governors in this field.
He also noted that work should be done with the international organizations particularly, the Interpol and the United Nations Office and Drug and Crime to help campaign further besieged against the phenomenon.
The president also said that the ministry of interior should further concentrate on the rule of law and the security system of the country’s airports.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Kabul (BNA)  Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a statement stressed that with perceiving concerns and challenges of work of media and journalists, all government institutions should cooperate with media and Afghan citizens in delivering information to them as the era of concealing the truths and censorship has gone.
According to the statement, freedom of expression and press freedom are considered as the most significant achievements of the people of Afghanistan, so the protection of this national achievement is the responsibility of all as citizens and government officials.
Based on the country’s constitution, the law on access to information and all other laws, government institutions are obliged to share information with media and Afghan citizens, the statement added.
In the statement, the country’s chief executive said that he would soon hold a joint meeting with media officials to discuss effective and constructive ways of cooperation between government institutions and representatives of media organizations.
It is worth mentioning that a number of news agencies in Afghanistan in a statement have expressed their concerns about not providing information by the government.

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