25 April 2018

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Khost (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on second day of his visit to Khost met yesterday with Khost youth, journalists and civil society activists in two separate meetings.  Speakers in the meetings shared their problems and demands in education, higher education, health, agriculture and participation of women in government institutions with the country’s President. 
They asked the president to prevent from interference of lawmakers and politicians in appointment of employees in government institutions.
The country’s President praised youth, journalists and civil society activists for reflecting the big cultural image of the province and assured them of prevention from interference of lawmakers and politicians in government institutions in Khost.
President Ghani also assured of improvement in education, higher education, agriculture, health and increasing of women’s participation in government institutions, asking the people to fully support peace process.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Following Turkish Prime Minister’s visit to Afghanistan, a number of experts and representatives of people in parliament in their interviews with The Kabul Times correspondent have considered role of Turkey as effective in peace and reconstruction process of Afghanistan.
“Turkey is among countries that can play effective role towards maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan and convince the Taliban group to joint peace process,” said Anarkali Hunaryar, a member in Afghanistan Senate.
She added that the government of Turkey should convince the Taliban group to peace talks and build trust between the Taliban group and Afghanistan government as Turkey had influence on the group.
Praising Turkey for its assistance to Afghanistan in reconstruction, counter terrorism and education, Lailuma Ahmadi, another senator, told The Kabul Times correspondent that Turkey could have provided lots of aids to Afghanistan in education sector in the past 16 years, adding that concerns among Afghan families over Afghan-Turk schools have been now addressed and the respective schools’ students could now follow their education.
In meeting with leaders of national unity government, the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim reiterated his country’s continued cooperation and assistance to Afghanistan and stressed that Turkey would stand beside the people and government of Afghanistan and support the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process. He assured of any cooperation in this regard.
Related to role of Turkey, Jamal Farahmand, an Afghan political expert, said: “Fortunately Turkey has had good relations with the government and people of Afghanistan in the past 16 years as the country launched a range of trilateral meetings between Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to help build trust among the country and maintain peace and stability in Afghanistan.”
He added that Istanbul Process – Heart of Asia was one of the most significant initiatives of Afghanistan government in its foreign policy in the past few years; therefore, Turkey has had effective role in issues of Afghanistan.
Considering strengthening relations between Afghanistan and Turkey as useful for the country, Haidar Hemat, another Afghan expert, said undoubtedly regional countries in particular Turkey could play vital role in changes in the region as Turkey has provided cooperation to Afghanistan in various fields.
“Besides cooperation with Afghanistan in peace process, Turkey is hosting a large number of Afghan traders and investors and the country can also play vital role in economic development of Afghanistan,” Hemat added.
A number of Afghan citizens also by praising Turkey for its role in Afghanistan say Afghanistan government should further expand its relations with the respective country and make use of its experiences for development of Afghanistan.
It is worth mentioning that Turkey has provided aids and assistance to Afghanistan in various fields as security, economic, higher education, ANP training and reconstruction and peace processes in the past 16 years.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met a number of jihadi leaders, political elders and representatives of the political parties at the presidential palace the other day, a statement said.
In series of his consultative meetings, President Ghani briefed the audience on peace process and state to state talks with Pakistan government, adding Afghanistan’s peace offer was enjoying national, regional and global support and has provided opportunity for peace in the country, the presidential statement added.
Sharing their thoughts, the political and Jihadi leaders praised state to state talks and called it on the benefit of the people and region.
They also emphasized on continued consultations on national issues.
President Ghani said he was committed to consultations and would continue consultations with different segments of the society, including MPs, civil activists, media and women.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) National Security Adviser (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar met US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs - Alice G. Wells the other day and discussed ongoing political and security situation of Afghanistan and the region, a statement said yesterday.
During the meeting both sides also discussed outcomes of Kabul Process and Tashkent Conferences and emphasized boosting of Peace process and fight against terrorism, the NSA press office said.
Meanwhile NSA Atmar said there were regional and global consensus for peace in Afghanistan, adding Afghan Forces to continue fighting terrorism and would eliminate the domestic and foreign terrorists that threatening security of the region and the world.
Supporting Afghan government’s policies and achievements, the US deputy assistance secretary emphasized on continued regional and global consensus for peace in Afghanistan.
According to another report, NSA Atmar met Ismatilla Irgashev, Uzbekistan special envoy to Afghanistan in his office yesterday.
Pointing to friendly ties between the two countries, NSA emphasized on joint mechanism for implementation of bilateral economic and political cooperation.
Uzbek envoy said he had travelled to Afghanistan to follow up the decisions made by the two presidents during Kabul Process and Tashkent conferences.

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