25 April 2018

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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghan and Pakistani on Friday agreed on adherence to seven key principles in finalizing an action plan for peace and solidarity.
At their meeting in Kabul, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi discussed Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS).
In a statement on the seven principles agreed, the ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Pakistan will support Afghan-led and Afghan –owned peace and reconciliation,
The two countries will undertake effective action against fugitives and irreconcilable elements posing security threats to either of the two countries,
Both countries committed to deny the use of their respective territories by any country, network, group or individuals for anti-state activities against either country,
The neighbors will put in place a joint supervision, coordination and confirmation mechanism through Liaison Officers (Los) for the realization of agreed action,
The two countries committed to avoid territorial and airspace violations of each other’s territory,
The two countries will avoid public blame game and instead use APAPPS cooperation mechanisms to respond to issues of contention and mutual concern, and,
The two sides will establish working groups and necessary cooperation mechanisms as per APAPPS and the above mutually-reinforcing principles.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance, in meeting with Richard H Riley, Assistant Chief of Mission of US Embassy- Kabul, discussed agreement of exemption of US assistance to Afghanistan from taxation, achievements of Afghan Government including remarkable increase in national revenue which is also approved by International Monetary Fund (IMF), Afghanistan’s opportunities and advantages of membership in the World Customs Organization (WCO) and its new strategy for reforms Afghanistan’s customs facilities, the ministry of finance said in a statement.
In addition, they also talked on exchange of Custom Information with neighbor countries bringing reforms and fight against corruption and other relevant issues, the statement added.
Meanwhile it was decided that technical teams of both sides should work on technical and legal aspects of the agreement in order to implement it effectively.
According to another report, Minister of Finance met with residents of Khwahan-Badakhshan and MP Fawzia Koofi of Badakhshan in his office yesterday.
In the meeting, Minister of Finance discussed inauguration of a border bridge between Khwahan- Badakhshan and Tajikistan in order to provide better transport to the citizens and delivery of public services through effective implementation of national budget.
Additionally, Minister of Finance also talked about construction of 30 km Faizabad-Darwaz Road, district building and other local offices; meanwhile he heard their opinions and suggestions.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Kabul (BNA) At the sideline of ‘18th Non-aligned Foreign Ministers Conference in Baku,’ Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met his Ecuadorian counterpart Ms. Maria, his office said in a statement.
During the meeting, both sides discussed bolstering relations between the two countries in different aspects such as politics, economy and culture, the statement added.
Pointing at her candidacy for 73rd chairwomanship of United Nations General Assembly session, the Ecuador foreign minister asked for Afghanistan’s support in the respect.
FM Rabbani also met his Venezuelan counterpart, during which both sides discussed the grounds to enhance ties between the two countries. Likewise, FM Rabbani met Bangladesh state governor on foreign affairs, during which, both sides exchanged views on good relations between the two countries and recent visit of Bangladesh foreign minister’s deputies to Kabul.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Atta Mohammad Noor, former governor of northern Balkh province on Saturday during a telephone contact with National Security Advisor said he was firmly supporting the national unity government and committed for its progress.
A statement from the National Security Council (NSC) said that National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar held telephone conversation with Atta Mohammad Noor on Friday evening. Noor’s services and achievements are appreciable, and his decisions were always reasonable in critical conditions of the country, NSA Atmar was quoted as saying in the statement. “I respect Noor as a political leader in this country, his political role is important in the country’s development and the government’s strength,” NSA said. Atta Mohammad Noor thanked the NSA for the telephone conversation and said he always worked for the interests of Afghanistan and its people. He said that he would strongly support the government and committed for its empowerment and improvement.

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