24 October 2017

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met ambassador Hugo Llorens, the Special Charge D’ affaires of the U.S. Embassy in the presence of Shubham Chaudhuri, director of the World Bank Afghanistan, Najeebullah Ahmadzai, chairman of independent election commission and UN representative.
The meeting discussed on the success of the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), preparation for the next parliamentary elections, financing and using technology for more transparency of the process.
The Charge affairs of the U.S. Embassy welcomed the success of SOM meeting and assured of international funding for the parliamentary elections.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Vice President Sarwar Danesh, laws committee’s session was held yesterday. 
In the session, draft law on sports was discussed by members of the committee.
Vice president and other members of the committee while considering the new draft law on sports as a principle need for strengthening of sports and maintaining of coordination between sports institutions in the country stressed on finalizing the draft law.
The new draft law has been prepared in (7) chapters and (31) articles in order to encourage youth to sports, strengthen local sports and bring better coordination between sports institutions as well as to support sportsmen in the country.
Based on the draft law, the ministry of finance was tasked to provide 100,000 Afghani annually to each one of 10 sport pioneers.
In the session, draft regulation for producing and exporting plants and all plants’ organized staples was discussed.
The draft law has been prepared in (7) chapters and (28) articles by ministry of justice for plants healthcare.
The session also discussed goals and current capabilities for implementation of the law which was finally approved by the committee.
Meanwhile, the session discussed draft modification on management of government officials’ salaries.
Members of the committee in the session delivered their visions in connection with management of salaries of government officials and budgetary issues and finally the increase in some articles of the draft was approved by the committee.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met yesterday with Indian ambassador to Kabul Manpreet Vohra. 
In the meeting, both sides discussed Afghanistan-India Investment and Trade Summit held recently in New Delhi.
The country’s Chief Executive while praising achievements of the summit stressed on expansion of economic relations between Afghanistan and India.
It is worth mentioning that contracts and trade MoUs worth $250 million have been signed between various Afghan and Indian trade companies.
India is one of key partners of Afghanistan government in development and reconstruction of the country and has played key role in construction of infrastructures in Afghanistan.

Monday October 9, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated in handing over ceremony of US made UH – 60 Black Hawk helicopters to Afghan air forces held in Kandahar International Airport on Saturday.
In the ceremony attended by high-ranking government officials, Kandahar military and civil officials, tribal elders, NATO-led RS Commander Gen. Nicholson and a number of foreign diplomats, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke and praised the country’s national defense and security forces in particular air forces for their efforts and measures in defending the country and considered their measures as unprecedented in the past few years.
Praising also the country’s defense and security forces for their bravery, President Ghani said, “As armed forces supreme commander, I am proud of the country’s defense and security forces. I am praising the people of Kandahar for completely supporting Afghan defense and security forces.”
Addressing participants in the ceremony, the country’s President termed the occasion as a defining moment in the history of the country.
“If the Taliban think they can defeat the Afghan forces they should forget about it. They have one choice to make and that is to join the peace process.
“We do not want bloodshed, we just want to defend our country and that is our legitimate right,” President Ghani said.
The country’s President once again asked Kandahar elders to increase their efforts towards maintaining peace in the country, adding that the national unity government had serious determination for peace and the government agreement with Hezb-e-Islami had been a clear example of the government’s such determination.
In the ceremony, NATO-led Resolute Support mission General Commander Gen. Nicholson said that these helicopters would lift the capability and sustainability of the Afghan air force.
Nicholson said the militants in Afghanistan were getting weaker day-by-day.
“We would continue support for the Afghan forces, and these helicopters standing behind me are a clear example of it,” he said.
At the end of the ceremony, the handing over of the Black Hawk helicopters was signed in presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to Afghanistan air forces.
It is worth mentioning that the first UH-60s Black Hawks had arrived in southern Kandahar province last month.
According to the Ministry of Defense, the U.S. has pledged to provide up to 159 new military and transport aircrafts, including 119 UH60 Black Hawk helicopters by the end of2023.

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