24 October 2017

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mark Field at his office on Monday, the statement from the presidential palace said.
In the meeting both sides discussed the US new strategy on Afghanistan and south Asia, peace and stability in the region, elections, trade and transit ties and other related regional issues, according to the statement.
“We would always be alongside the people and government of Afghanistan,” UK’s Mark Field said.
He assured of his country’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan and said we supported the US new strategy on Afghanistan and south Asia, the statement added.
Thanking the UK people and government for their supporter the last years, the president said after declaring the US new strategy, the situation has change an new opportunities have created a move which will result in ensuring peace and stability in the country and region.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Kabul (BNA) India recently was the host of a high raking delegation of Afghanistan and a number of Afghan merchants headed by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah the executive chief of Unity Government.
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has gone to India aiming to participate in joint commercial exhibition under the name “The path to tranquility”.
BNA reporting on the issue writes the relation between Afghanistan and India is growing and India is one of the five countries that support Afghanistan in both economic and political fields and India is the first country that formed its relation with Afghanistan based on a security agreement.
Dr. Abdullah after visiting some high ranking authorities of India including prime minister of that country in a news session said, “Kabul and New Delhi are pursuing the same goal and view and try to further expand the level of their cooperation and relations.” 
The statements come in a time that the close relation between Kabul and New Delhi has sparked reactions in the level of the region.
Pakistan which has fragile and sensitive relations with Afghanistan and exercising a hostile relation with New Delhi, expresses more concern than other countries. However, Indian and Afghan authorities considering their friendly relations as an example of good regional cooperation and ask the other countries of the region to follow such policy. Due this policy, Dr. Abdullah in New Delhi strongly focused and emphasized on expansion of regional cooperation.
Dr. Abdullah regarding to the recent statements of Pakistani foreign minister delivered in UN General Assembly Sessions in which expressing concern over close relation between India and Afghanistan called it against Pakistan’s interests and shamelessly claimed that Afghanistan in its international relation showed follow Pakistan.
Kabul will never permit any country to intervene in its foreign policy, based on this policy Dr. Abdullah asked Pakistan instead of planting the seed of mistrust in the region follow a constructive policy of cooperation in the region. 
In the meantime, political elites say China the eastern neighbor of Afghanistan that has territorial problem with India, also concerns about close relations of India and Afghanistan. However, that country which has close relations with Pakistan, publically have showed no any concern so far in that regard.
Dr. Abdullah the executive chief of Afghan government regarding the role of China in the region says that Afghanistan and China are exercising high level of cooperation and Afghanistan knows that China has relations and links with other countries, but it is an open fact that terrorism also threats China and this provide the ground for further cooperation between Afghanistan and China.
The Executive Chief of Afghan National Unity Government during his visit to India has signed agreements with his Indian counterparts according to which India trains Afghan police.
In addition, Dr. Abdullah in his visit with Indian prime minister asked him that New Delhi to help in treatment of Afghan national forces troops who injured in fighting against terrorism. Indian side committed to respond to the demand after assessment in near future. 
According to Afghan political elites the increasing desire of Afghan and Indian authorities for strengthening relation between the two countries especially on regional issues, can further deepen the already close and friendly relation between the two countries. India is among five donor countries that assist Afghanistan. Afghan people and their international friends believe expansion of relation between Kabul and New Delhi can help in restoring political and economic stability to Afghanistan.
It should be point out that the authorities of the two countries strongly insist that the expansion of relations between the two countries is in to the benefit of the region and aiming the isolation of the third country. 

Monday October 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will visit Uzbekistan soon, Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov announced Saturday.
He noted that the exact date of the visit of the head of Afghanistan is not defined yet.
Kamilov said that Uzbekistan and Afghanistan are working to prepare the visit.
Ghani will discuss with Uzbek officials matters regarding trade and economic cooperation and possible participation of Uzbekistan in some joint projects, including those related to transport and communications.

Monday October 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Human Rights Watch says Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been recruiting Afghan immigrant children living in Iran to fight in the conflict in Syria. The New York-based rights advocate said in a statement released on October 1 that Afghan children as young as 14 have fought in the Fatemiyoun division, an exclusively Afghan armed group supported by Iran that fights alongside government forces in the Syrian conflict. “Iran should immediately end the recruitment of child soldiers and bring back any Afghan children it has sent to fight in Syria,” Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said in the statement. Human Rights Watch said a review photos of tombstones in Iranian cemeteries identified eight Afghan children who apparently fought and died in Syria.
Iranian media reports corroborated some of these cases and reported at least six more instances of Afghan child soldiers who died in Syria, according to Human Rights Watch. The advocacy group said that due to misrepresentations of some ages on tombstones could indicate that “instances of Iran recruiting children to fight in Syria are likely more prevalent.” “Rather than preying on vulnerable immigrant and refugee children, the Iranian authorities should protect all children and hold those responsible for recruiting Afghan children to account,” Whitson said. The Interior Ministry estimated in 2015 that there were 2.5 million Afghans in Iran, many without proper paperwork.
Human Rights Watch has previously documented cases of Afghan refugees in Iran who “volunteered” to fight in Syria in the hopes of gaining legal status for their families. There are no official public statistics on the size of the Fatemiyoun division, but according to Tasnim News, which is affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, it has about 14,000 fighters. Under international law, recruiting children under the age of 15 to participate actively in hostilities is a war crime.

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