21 August 2017

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Monday August 7, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A contract costing 24 million euro was signed between representatives from Afghanistan and Germany in a ceremony attended by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, at the presidential palace on Sunday, his office said.
Director of independent civil aviation, Mahmoud Shah Habibi and German Marketing Chief, Alex Daly, have signed the contract costing up to 24 million euro, with each year of the cost for surveillance reaching to 8.484 million euro, the execution of which, a statement from the presidential press office said, would help air-traffic service increase and the flights’ takeoff of higher than 29,000 feet.
“The plan, after execution would also ensure the country’s air-traffic safety on the Radar sphere and provide further opportunity for the air-capacity as well,” said the statement adding the project after execution would decrease fuel consumption and most importantly create wide distance between the flying planes. The annual revenue of the country’s airspace, which was only 40 million USD in 2016, would soar higher to 58 million dollar each year, after the activation of the system.
 

Monday August 7, 2017

Kabul (BNA) US acting Deputy Secretary of State and acting special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan affairs called on Vice President Sarwar Danesh yesterday.
In the meeting, vice president while praising the US government for supporting the people and government of Afghanistan considered the United States as one of the key partners of Afghanistan, asserting that both countries had joint mission in fight against terrorism. Hoping that the US new strategy would be soon finalized, vice president Sarwar Danesh said the US new strategy was significant not only for Afghanistan but also for countries in the region and it was anticipated that by overall review the US government would execute and codify its new strategy for Afghanistan. In another part of the meeting in which holding parliamentary elections and other relevant issues were discussed, vice president considered elections process as one of the key and joint accomplishments of Afghanistan government and the international community in the past 15 years, adding that delay in holding the elections would be considered as failure for Afghanistan government and its international partners.
Related to maintaining peace and stability in the country, Danesh also said that national unity government’s stance in connection with talks with armed opponents was clear, asserting that the high peace council has resumed its work, but reaching to peace and stability was not possible unless honest cooperation of regional countries in particular neighboring countries of Afghanistan. In the meeting, the US acting special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan affairs Alice Wells said that US new strategy for Afghanistan was underway and would be soon finalized. US acting representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan affairs said that holding parliamentary elections on its due time were the NUG commitments and stressed on maintaining transparency of the elections. He assured of US continued support in fight against terrorism in the country.
 

Sunday August 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) At the head of a high-level delegation, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday flew to Tehran, the capital of Iran, to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Iranian president, Dr. Hassan Rouhani, a presidential statement said yesterday. Upon his arrival to Tehran, President Ghani and his accompanied delegation met President Rouhani. The Iranian president expressed sympathy over the recent deadliest terrorist attacks in Afghanistan which led to killing of a dozens of innocent civilians. Recalling historical ties between the two countries, President Rouhani said his country was ready to help Afghanistan in restoring peace and stability. He said his country had experience of the imposed war and could easily understand the situation in Afghanistan, adding his country had accommodated thousands of Afghans since decades.
President Rouhani said Herat and Chabahar port could be a good commercial hub for the two countries, adding his country was ready to help Afghanistan in mining, agriculture, commerce and education spheres. Congratulating Rouhani’s reelection as the president of Islamic Republic of Iran, President Ghani said Daesh was defeated in Iraq and has been seeking ways to insecure other regional countries, asking Iran for a joint cooperation against Daesh threats. President Ghani said Afghan forces were heavily fighting Daesh terrorists, and the group has been defeated in Afghan villages, adding the terrorists nowadays carrying attacks on public places to further show their weaknesses.
Pointing to security of borders, the president said the bordering areas should be secured as the terrorists and drug traffickers using such ways for their vicious goals. The president said Afghanistan was trying to change the country into connecting point for Iran, central Asia and that of China. The president also said Afghanistan was easing passport and Tazkira for the Afghan refugees so that to find their exact number. The two presidents also discussed issues related to mutual interests, including fight against drug traffickers, addiction, environment and transit. Dr. Mohammad Hamyon Qayyumi, senior advisor to the president on infrastructure affairs and Shah Hussain Mortazavi, acting head of the Presidential Palace’s media office accompanied President Ghani during his visit to Iran.
 

Sunday August 6, 2017

Herat City (BNA) To express sympathy with the recent victims’ families, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani visited Herat on Friday and attended a praying ceremony, the president press office said in a statement. 
According to the statement, while expressing condolences to martyrs’ families, the president said the enemies have never spared any effort to create discord among the Afghans, but they have never succeeded to reach their goal. Representing martyrs’ families, Yaqoubi welcomed the president and his accompanied delegation, adding you have healed the martyr families’ wounds with coming to Herat, the statement added.
The president, who met families of the victims, said the proposed committee would evaluate the situation in the province. Public support was needed to thwart attacks on sacred places, he stressed. He called Herat a center of skills and capacities, calling for evolving a mechanism to make use of that potential. By assaulting mosques, the Taliban wanted to fuel sectarian tensions among the people, he alleged. President Ghani said the Afghans, who had tragedies over the past 40 years, needed to come out of the crisis. They needed a strong will and support to deal with the present challenges, the president believed. The victims’ families urged the president to investigate the mosque assault. The president promised to bring to justice the security officials who demonstrated negligence.
After the praying ceremony, the president met with Herat governor, Mohammad Asif during which he heard the recent report of local administration. In a separate meeting, the president met a member of Afghan girls’ robotic team Fatima Qaderian, during which he condoled her the martyrdom of her father in the recent terrorist attack in Herat. The president heard Fatima’s demands and instructed the Herat governor to meet her family and arrange their main demands and send it to presidential office.
 

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