18 November 2018

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Thursday November 1, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has expressed regret over the deadly crash of an Afghan army helicopter in Western Afghanistan, which claimed the lives of all crew members and passengers including several military and government officials.
In his Wednesday statement, Qassemi condoled with the Afghan nation and government over the incident, and offered sympathy to the bereaved families of the victims.
The aircraft crashed due to “bad weather” in Anar Dara district, which borders Iran, Farah provincial governor spokesman Nasir Mehri said.
The Taliban claimed its militants brought it down.
Both pilots and 23 passengers were killed.
Among the dead were the deputy army corps commander for western Afghanistan and the head of the Farah provincial council, Mehri said.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah delivered a speech during the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) event in Dubai on Monday, a statement from his office in Kabul said.
Dr. Abdullah told the event developments in Afghanistan’s telecommunication area since 2001 were unprecedented, adding the number of mobile phone users in Afghanistan in 2017 reached 21.3 million people while 9.7 million people had access to the internet a significant achievement of the last one decade.
He added @2.3 billion had been invested in the IT area in Afghanistan.  Currently 113 television channels and 310 FM radio stations were active in Afghanistan compared to only one radio station and one TV channel in 2001, he said.
Chief Executive went on saying that Afghanistan as a member of ITU supported developments based on the UN outlook and the country was committed to providing standard information and telecommunication technology for its citizens.
Afghanistan is being connected with China, central Asia and Europe through a fiber optic network and progress has been made on the project, he said, adding his country was already to be connected with Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan through the network.
The Afghan government has connected 25 out of 34 provinces of the country through the fiber optic network spread over 4.500 kilometers, therefore 90 percent of Afghans have access to the internet, he said.
The ITU event is held once in every four years.  The union was created in 1865 and Afghanistan became its member in 1928.
The Afghan telecommunication and information technology minister also participated in the event.
According to another report, Dr. Abdullah met with ITU Secretary General and congratulated the successful holding of the annual meeting in Dubai.  Dr. Abdullah also thanked his support of telecom services in Afghanistan as well as encouraging investors to invest on this sector in the country.
Praising Chief Executive’s attention towards telecom sector in Afghanistan, the ITU Secretary General said his agency was willing to increase telecom capacities and attract more investors in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah also met with a number of Afghan investors in Dubai and he assured them they were a priority of the Afghan government.
The Afghan traders provided information about their business to the CE and then asked for solution to problems they faced.  They cited insecurity, high taxes, lack of support and cold storages an lack of land for investors in Afghanistan as main problems.
CE Abdullah said all problems traders faced would be reviewed and steps taken for their solution.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met with Pakistani ambassador to Kabul Nasrullah Khan Zahid, a MoF a statement said yesterday.
During the meeting, Minister Rabbani once again asked Pakistan to follow the case of Afghan diplomat, who was mysteriously martyred inside the Afghan Consulate in Karachi, the statement added.
Meanwhile the minister also asked Pakistani envoy to help find the Afghan general consul Akhondkhel, who went missing during his trip from Karachi to Quetta city, the statement concluded.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received US Army CEETCOM’s commander Gen. Joseph Votel at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday, Arg said in a statement.
During the meeting, both sides exchanged views on intra-Afghan peace talks, equipping and strengthening of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), reforms process in security and defensive organs, joint fighting terrorism and US strategy effects on South Asia, according to the statement.
Extending his sympathy to the president and people of Afghanistan over recent terrorist attack in Kandahar province, Gen. Votel congratulated successful holding of parliamentary elections and praised the ANDSF efforts on its ensuring security.
He also vowed that as an international strategic partner, US would stand by the people and government of Afghanistan, the statement continued.
Thanking Gen. Votel for extending his sympathy, President Ghani appreciated US assistances with Afghanistan in different sections.
The president said a consensus with Afghanistan in different sections.
The president said a consensus has been created in national, regional and international level on peace negotiations, adding we would welcome any move that leads to the beginning of intra-Afghan peace talks and causes ensuring lasting peace in Afghanistan.

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