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Monday October 28, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday announced that the commission will announce the preliminary results of the presidential elections on 14th November. According to BNA report, Hawa Alam Nooristani, the chairperson of the Independent Election Commission announced the date for initial election results during a press conference yesterday afternoon. Nooristani further added that the commission had to postpone the announcement of initial election results due to technical issues. She also added that the commission needed more time in order to review the ballot papers. The Independent Election Commission organized the presidential elections on 28th of September and the commission was due to announce the initial results on 19th of October. The commission was also supposed to announce the final election result on 7th of November.

Monday October 28, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, while being accompanied by former acting Foreign Minister, Salahuddin Rabbani met with the US representative on Afghanistan peace and reconciliation, Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad accompanied by President Trump advisor for South Asia and US ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass, BNA reported.
The meeting which was held at the Sapidar Palace, both sides discussed peace negotiations and the ways of reaching a lasting and fair peace in the country. At the meeting the two sides asked for reduction of violence ensuring ceasefire by the Taliban to help restart an intra-Afghan peace dialogue. Both sides also emphasized on the impartiality of the electoral commissions and transparency of the process.

Monday, October 28, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Presidential spokesman says that the Beijing conference is a dialogue not negotiations and it can facilitate the direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.  He, however, did not give details about Khalilzad’s meeting with President Ghani,.
The presidential spokesman Seddiq Sediqqi said at a press conference in Kabul that he will provide details of Zalmay Khalilzad and President Ghani’s meeting later, but added that Afghanistan had outlined a roadmap and plan for peace to Khalilzad.
The presidential spokesman confirmed that the Beijing conference was planned in agreement with Kabul.
“Representatives of the Afghan government will attend the meeting, but no list has been arranged by the government so far,” he added.  According to him, the shortest way to reach peace is direct talks with a ceasefire as preconditions.  “Afghan Government hopes its roadmap for peace would be approved and agreed by regional countries and international partners,” he continued.

Sunday October 27, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met his Pakistani counterpart Arif Alvi on the sidelines of Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday night, a statement from the presidential press office said.
The two leaders exchanged views on various issues of mutual interest including peace and security in the region, and cooperation in development and connectivity projects, the statement added.
President Ghani said peace was the main priority for peace and government of Afghanistan, asking the neighboring country its play key role in the process. The President also said Afghanistan and Pakistan needed durable peace to change the current challenges into economic opportunities and bring about regional. “Our bilateral relations should be based on mutual interests.” The president went on saying that regional projects, including that of TAPI can help develop economies of the two countries, according to the statement.
Hinting to war on terror, the President said Afghan forces have suppressed Taliban and Daesh militants across the Durand line, asking the neighboring country to take same steps against the insurgents. “Unfortunately, Taliban leaders freely living in Pakistan,” he added. Meanwhile, Pakistan President Alvi said that Pakistan wished to see a stable and prosperous Afghanistan as both the countries enjoyed historic fraternal ties. He expressed the hope that bilateral relations would further gain momentum in the upcoming years.
Pakistani president referred to the economic assistance provided by the Government of Pakistan in various sectors and reiterated that Pakistan would continue its efforts in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. He also said Pakistan had been hosting more than four million Afghan refugees over the last four decades and the country had always emphasized for their return in a dignified and honorable manner. According to another report, President Ghani met Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Ministers S Jaishankar on the sidelines of Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday night.
Congratulating successful holding of the presidential election, Indian VP hoped the result could bring peace in the country, adding India support Afghan-led and owned peace talks, the statement from the presidential press office added. Hinting to strategic partnership between the two countries, India VP assured of his country’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan. Meanwhile President Ghani praised Indian assistance to Afghanistan, saying the two countries’ relations were based on democracy, adding governance was not possible without democracy in Afghanistan, the statement added.
The president went on saying that Afghan forces were defeated Taliban in battlefields, and they could successfully provide security for the presidential election in the country. Hinting to investment opportunities in the country, President Ghani asked Indian VP to help Afghanistan in Information Technology, higher education for Afghan youth and market for Afghan products, according to the statement.

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