12 December 2019

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Addressing a ceremony marking the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women here at the presidential palace yesterday evening, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said, ‘our responsibility should be inspired by the Sirat-Un-Nabawi’, adding Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) has never raised his hand against a woman. “The first duty of the president is to implement constitution. Violence is a crime and duties of Police and security forces are to investigate crime and attorneys should implement the law,” the president told the gathering that also inaugurated the campaign on 16 days activism against gender-based violence in the country. The president went on saying that there was no lack of women attorneys in the country, adding violence against women was not a matter of pride and such culture should be ended. “For the first time we established joint committee of government and media with VP Danesh on the chair. The committee has addressed 137 cases of violence against journalists and submitted them to justice and judiciary organs,” the president said, adding 60 cases of which have been addressed by Attorney General Office and 83 individuals were trailed, including two were sentenced to death over assassination of reporters of BBC and Kabul News. The president said that has ratified the access to information law on his first days of the presidency, adding supporting fund was established for journalists and five million Afghanis were donated from my own property. President Ghani also asked Afghan people to seriously consider violence against women as their national obligation and in line with the country’s constitution, hoping the latter would be eliminated from the country. The 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence is an international campaign that commences on 25 November - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Kabul (BNA) In a meeting with Senate Security and Defense members of the commission, the National Security Adviser praised Senators active role for support of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in all over the country, Bakhtar News Agency quoted NSA press office as saying. During the meeting with NSA Hamdullah Mohib, the senators said would continue support of the Afghan forces and would share the reports of security of their relevant areas with the government, according to the agency. NSA Mohib said Afghan forces were capable to independently carry out operations in each and every corner of the country, adding enemies would be no longer able to achieve their vicious goals, the agency said.

Sunday, November 24, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan received UNESCO’s Executive Board membership in a competitive process as a result of a constructive series of negotiations and effective efforts of the Permanent Mission in UNESCO and ISESCO, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.
“At the UNESCO’s General Conference-40th Session that started on November 12, 2019 at its Headquarters in Paris; Member States elected new members of the Executive Board for a four year term. Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was also one of the candidates for holding a seat in the institution and was able to obtain a membership at the UNESCO Executive Board in a competitive process as a result of a constructive series of negotiations and effective efforts of the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in UNESCO and ISESCO,” the ministry said in the statement. The Executive Board is one of the three main bodies of the UNESCO besides the General Conference and the Secretariat, according to the statement. The MoFA called the selection as a major achievement in terms of elevating Afghanistan’s national image and highlighting Afghanistan’s role at the decision-making level of an important UN organization. The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in France and Afghanistan’s Permanent Mission in UNESCO and ISESCO congratulated Afghanistan’s membership at the UNESCO Executive Board to the leadership of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the country’s diplomatic apparatus and assures them of the mission’s effective work towards ensuring Afghanistan’s interest in France as well as UNESCO and ISESCO.

Sunday, November 24, 2019
Kabul (BNA) U.S. President Donald Trump has indicated peace negotiations with the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan are back on track and vowed again to withdraw American troops from the country.
“You know we’re pulling way down in Afghanistan. We’re working on an agreement now with the Taliban. Let’s see what happens,” Trump told Fox News Friday in a telephone call to the program “Fox and Friends.” He did not elaborate further. Trump’s remarks followed Monday’s successful prisoner swap that freed an American and an Australian professor in exchange for the release of three high-ranking insurgent prisoners by the U.S.-backed Afghan government. Additionally, the Taliban also released 10 Afghan soldiers as a “goodwill gesture.” It was widely thought that the release of American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, who had been held hostage since August 2016, could lead to a resumption of U.S.-Taliban negotiations. “Let’s hope this leads to more good things on the peace front like a cease-fire that will help end this long war,” Trump tweeted Tuesday while praising the release of the Western hostages. Trump abruptly called off the yearlong dialogue in early September, citing a string of Taliban attacks in Kabul that killed among others an American soldier. Trump defended his decision Friday. “The last time I was supposed to have an agreement, then they (Taliban) thought when they came over, they thought it would be good to kill people so they could negotiate from a position of strength,” Trump explained.

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