23 May 2017

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Saturday May 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with World Bank’s vice president Jan Walliser at the Presidential Palace here on Wednesday, May 3, 2016, asked organizations and institutions who had good achievements to jointly work for implementation of national programs under a single roof, a presidential statement said.
President Ghani said the government gave priority to national programs with main focus on Afghan children and their education. Walliser, referring to the World Bank experiences and activities, sought information about the Afghan government’s priorities over the next three years and reforms in social and judicial institutions and improvement in implementing agencies’ affairs in Afghanistan.
He called projects the bank had implemented in Afghanistan as effective, saying the general revenue had increased by 7.10 percent in 2016 and 70 percent domestic expenses were paid from the national revenue. Walliser went on saying the World Bank’s assistance for reforms and civil services delivery in Afghan public sector institutions had quadrupled since 2002 up till now – from $225 million to $850 million. He said the World Bank, while considering the Afghan government’s priorities, would also assist mines extraction and other sectors.
President Ghani said the national unity government prioritized national programs and the Afghan children had been main focus and priority. The president said in addition to the Ministry of Education, other ministries should also jointly work and pave the way for education and related facilities for children. About Afghan refugees who returned from neighboring countries last year, the president said the government of Afghanistan had provided shelter to hundreds of thousands of returnees last year.
He said the government through national programs would seriously pay attention to improving living standard and economic situation of women, impoverished individuals and the youth. “Administrative corruption has a negative impact on our people’s life, to curb this phenomenon, we will work in the framework of national programs in order to pave the way for bringing widespread reforms in the capital and provinces,” the president noted. Minister of economy, deputy finance minister, acting minister of mines and petroleum and senior presidential advisor on strategic and public relations were also present on the occasion.
 

Saturday May 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met Thursday with a number of Afghan representatives based in Saudi Arabia.
In the meeting held at presidential palace, the representatives extended their condolence over 209th Shaheen Corps incident to the President and all people of the country. Appreciating the country’s President for giving necessary instruction related to addressing problems and suggestions raised during his official visit to Saudi Arabia and the problems have been addressed since the Afghan representatives based in Saudi Arabia added nearly 1000 passports were issued daily to Afghans and further facilities have been provided to Afghans in that country. President Ghani also appreciated the Afghans residing in Saudi Arabia for supporting the government’s programs, saying that in his official visit to Saudi Arabia in previous year, officials of the country were happy over good treatment of Afghans based in the respective country.
 

Saturday May 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met the other day with Turkmen deputy premier and foreign affairs minister Rashid Muradov at presidential palace.
Turkmen minister of foreign affairs conveyed the best wishes of his country’s president official invitation to President Ghani. He extended condolence and sympathy over 209th Shaheen Corps incident to the president and people of Afghanistan and wished paradise to all those martyred in the incident. Giving information related to cooperation of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan economic and security commissions, Muradov said the activities of the respective commissions were going on in a good asserting that peace and stability in Afghanistan were one of the desires of his country’s President.
Afterwards, President Ghani while praising the Turkmen minister for expressing sympathy, cooperation and assistance to Afghanistan welcomed official visit of the Turkmen President, saying that he would pay a visit to the country in a suitable time. “Turkmenistan is our key partner and strategic neighbor as we have seen the country as a key and strategic country in the region for a long years of time”, President Ghani asserted, adding that during the coming four years, Afghan special forces would increase by two fold and capability of the air force would also increase so that insecure areas of the country would come under control of the government. “Recently Afghanistan defense and security forces have brought heavy casualties to terrorist groups and a large number of their commanders have been perished”, the country’s President said, adding that military operation has been intensified against Daesh and the group is about to annihilate and the operation would continue. President Ghani asserted that fundamental reforms would soon implemented in the framework of security and defense organs.
 

Saturday May 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday welcomed Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to capital Kabul and delivered speech during a ceremony on this occasion and attended by a number of Jihad figures, government officials and influential, a presidential statement said.
The president said Hekmatyar arrived in Kabul at a time when the Afghans were mourning the bloody attack on the Shaheen military corps in northern Balkh province. “We promised to the great nation of Afghanistan that we would pave the way for peace, we took a great step today,” he added as quoted in the statement, saying Afghans were certain that violence and hostility could not help realize goals of national interest.
According to the Afghan government and the HIA showed they strongly believed, adding our conversation should bring trust, not cause opposition. On the other hand, reaching power through elections is one of the important bases of the current political life,” he added, while stressing more productive negotiations. The president said the new generation of Afghanistan expected their political leaders would lay down the foundation of stable peace in the country. “We support peace in the framework of Islamic, national and humanitarian values, an issue that has a clear reflection in the constitution,” he noted.
“I ask the Taliban, do you have the capacity of negotiation with the people and government of Afghanistan? Who and where your leader is? What is your program for this nation except killing, fighting and destructions? I request you to follow Hekmatyar’s path and join the peace process,” he added. President Ghani thanked Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the High Peace Council (HPC), jihadi leaders, Islamic scholars, civil society institutes and media for supporting the intra-Afghan dialogue.
Meanwhile HIA leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar stressed the need for national unity in prevention of foreign interferences in Afghanistan and asked the Taliban to reconcile with the government. He said foreign forces could not bring peace to Afghanistan, but the Afghans could do it with their unity. He said he would support everyone who wished peace in the country. “I have come with the hope and will to bring back all refugee families. I have come with my family to send the message to all Afghans that Afghanistan is our home and graveyard.”
“We promise today that we will not pursue a wrong policy and will find courage to tolerate each other.”’  He said some people still insisted on the staying of foreign troops despite the fact they could not bring peace or win the war. Former president Hamid Karzai, who also attended the ceremony, urged the Taliban to shun insurgency and join the peace process. He said the Taliban should not create a cruel environment by fighting and violence under pretext of expelling foreign forces from Afghanistan. Veteran former jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf also welcomed the return of Hekmatyar and said the past should be forgotten and a new door of friendship should be opened. He asked the government to win trust of the nation in supporting the Afghan forces and stability in the country. Mohammad Younus Qanuni and Karim Khalili, former vice-presidents, also welcomed the return of Hekmatyar and stressed on peace in the country and asked international community’s support in this regard. Meanwhile in his closing remarks, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah welcomed HIA leader to Kabul, asking other warring factions to follow HIA footsteps. Calling national unity a must, Dr. Abdullah praised Afghan forces’ bravery and stressed country-wide support of the national security forces.
 

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