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Sunday June 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Addressing 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Astana of Kazakhstan on Friday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has asked regional countries for greater cooperation in the fight against terrorism, which is huge threat to Afghanistan and other states, a statement from the presidential palace said.
The president extended congratulations to India and Pakistan on becoming permanent members of the SCO and said their full membership status brought more responsibilities to them. Referring to the important role of the SCO, the president said linkages between Asia and Europe had been further enhanced. He said his country was a prime victim in the campaign against terrorism and currently more than 20 terrorist groups were waging a war on the people of Afghanistan, the statement added. “Our nation is mourning and this because of the recent terrorist attacks that targeted our people, who rendered sacrifices in this war on a daily basis,” the president was quoted in the statement, adding the people of Afghanistan wanted justice and hoped that regional efforts in the war against terrorism would proceed in line with Afghan’ aspirations. “Afghanistan hopes SCO members would work on a joint strategy to curb terrorism and drug trafficking and initiate dialogue on how to dismantle global terrorist networks,” the president said. “I am here to offer you greater support in the war against terrorism and joint efforts against regional networks that threatened Afghanistan and other regional countries,” the president remarked. The president urged regional countries to clearly define global terrorism and state-sponsored terrorism. He noted growing cooperation among SCO members and South Asia as an important step. President Ghani said peace sand stability was a key demand of the people of regional countries and thus there was need for more cooperation. He said Afghanistan enjoyed great economic relations with Turkmenistan.
 

Sunday June 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated in Khatmul Quran and praying ceremony held yesterday at presidential palace.
In the ceremony, the country’s President and all participants prayed for the souls of those martyred in recent terrorist incidents, urgent recovery of those injured and maintaining peace and lasting stability in the country and wished patience to the families of the recent incidents’ victims. Besides Presidents Ghani, the ceremony was attended by Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, former president Hamid Karzai, chief executive deputy Eng. Mohammad Khan, attorney general Farid Hamidi, head of Afghanistan Ulema council Mawlavi Qayamuddin Kashaf and a number of the council’s members, cabinet ministers, head of high peace council Mohammad Karim Khalili and some members of the council, a number of the supreme court high council’s members, advisors to president, parliament members, army generals and armed forces’ personnel and the country’s national and political figures.
 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met a number of lawmakers and Parliamentarian National Movement for solving of the crisis here on Friday evening, a statement from the CE office said yesterday.
Besides condemning the recent terrorist attacks, the MPs asked Dr. Abdullah to bring about necessary reforms in security sector.  They also called recent protests in Kabul as people’s civil rights, asking government to solve the issue through negotiations with protestors, the statement added.
Expressing gratitude over establishment of the parliamentarian national movement for solving of the crisis, aiming to solve the issues through negotiations, Dr. Abdullah said national unity was important at current situation for the country.  He also called people’s demonstration as their civil right, adding violence against protestors were against the law and would be seriously investigated.
Chief Executive also said government was determined to address the legal demands of the protestors, asking MPs to play their key role in solving the issues, the statement concluded.
 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani arrived home on Friday night after attending the 17th summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization which took place in Astana, Kazakhstan on 8-9 June, a presidential statement said.
On the sideline of the summit, President Ghani met Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on Friday afternoon and the two leaders discussed several topics especially those pertaining to regional security and stability.  They also stressed on fostering closer bilateral cooperation.
On behalf of the people and government of India, PM Modi expressed his condolences to President Ghani over the recent terror attacks in Afghanistan.
He commended the strong will of the National Unity Government and said that the Afghan Government under President Ghani has made significant progress in its functioning and services to the people, the statement added.
Pointing to Kabul Process’ Conference, Prime Minister Modi said that the mentioned conference was successfully convened.  He supported such conferences led and hosted by the Afghan Government.  He also added that India is ready in coordination with its allies particularly the US assist Afghanistan in establishing peace and stability.
President Ghani thanked the Prime Minister of India for condoling with the Afghan Government and people and regarded India as a friend of Afghanistan.  The President appreciated continued support and cooperation of the Indian government with the Afghan Government and people.  He also thanked the Indian government for supporting the Kabul Process conference, the statement said.
The two sides also emphasized expanding and bolstering up bilateral ties and cooperation in different fields.
 

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