21 September 2018

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Sunday September 2, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President of the National Unity Government (NUG), Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the country’s Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, separately met with British Minister of Defense, Gavin Williamson here in Kabul, BNA reported.
The President and the UK minister of defense discussed regional issues, funding and equipping Afghan security and defense forces, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and jointly fighting terrorism. President Ghani welcomed Williamson and his led delegation to Kabul and thanked the UK for its assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields, especially, in supporting Afghan security and defense forces under the resolute Support Mission. Williamson, meanwhile, praised Afghanistan’s security and defense forces for their sacrifices in fighting terrorism and assured of his country’s continued assistance and cooperation, particularly, in supporting security and defense forces of Afghanistan. In his meeting with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, UK’s Defense Minister said he has come to Afghanistan to closely monitor the ongoing situation, speak with the Afghan authorities on key issues and meet with his country and Afghan forces. During the meeting Williamson said he was pleased for the progress and capability of the Afghan security forces. Meanwhile, Dr. Abdullah thanked Williamson for his country’s plan to increase British forces, under the NATO resolute mission in Afghanistan.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Kabul (BNA) A high level British security delegation led by Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson arrived on a surprise visit in Kabul on Thursday and met with the newly appointed national security advisor Dr. Hamdullah Mohib.
“A complete peace can be sensed in the UK streets and on roads only when there is peace in the streets of Afghanistan,” Williamson was quoted in the statement from the National Security Council (NSC) office.
The two sides discussed warfare preparations and capabilities of the Afghan security forces in the ongoing war against terrorism, the statement said.
Williamson praised the sacrifices of the Afghan security forces in the fight against terrorism and assured of his country’s continued cooperation in this regard.
He said the UK was trying to strengthen the capabilities and skills of the Afghan security forces particularly the Afghan air Force.  He said his country was ready to help equip the Afghan forces with advanced medical facilities.
Meanwhile NSA Mohib, said the Kabul administration was committed to bringing peace and stability to the country in order to save the coming generations from inheriting the conflict.
He said every possible way and opportunity would be availed for ending the war and bloodshed in the country.
Mohib briefly shared the Afghan government’s programs about strengthening the abilities of the Afghan security forces and the air force.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan on Wednesday strongly condemned an anti-Islam cartoon contest planned by a far-right Dutch politician in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the statement said, “Holding of the contest for creating, publishing and disseminating disrespectful cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is not only a source of deep offenses for the propel and government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan but has also provoked the feelings of all Muslims around the world.”
The statement added: “Insulting any religious and sacred values of human beings is an undesired deed.  The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan condemns in strongest terms this heinous and inhumane act and one that is in contradiction with recognized moral, human rights and freedom of speech standards.”
The ministry added: “We seriously call on relevant entities at the United Nations and the International Community to prevent any such acts that cause hatred and turmoil among the followers of religions.”
Meanwhile Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Thursday telephoned his Dutch counterpart an asked him to do all he could to halt a planned anti-Islam cartoon contest in the Netherlands.
He asked Stef Blok to immediately stop the planned blasphemous cartoon completion which had hurt the feelings of over 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide.
The Dutch foreign minister distanced his government from the cartoon contest and said he would do all under his country’s laws to stop the event.
In June, Geert Wilders, the Dutch opposition MP who leads the Netherlands’ second largest party, invited submissions of cartoons depicting the Prophet, which Islam forbids.

Saturday September 1, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with NATO joint forces commandment commander in Netherlands Gen. Riccardo Marchio at the Sapidar Palace, BNA reported. CE Abdullah while welcoming Gen. Marchio to Afghanistan thanked active presence of NATO in fighting terrorism and strengthening the country’s armed forces. Expressing satisfaction on Afghan security forces development and growth, Gen. Marchio assured of NATO forces long-term support from the country’s armed forces. He added NATO would spare no effort to strengthen Afghan security forces capacities and to provide assistances to those fighting in frontline against insurgency. Both sides also discussed recent military changes in the country, effective ways to fight insurgency and regional as well as world cooperation to uproot terrorism.

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