20 August 2017

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The country’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah leading a high level governmental delegation left for Belarus and Kazakhstan for a three0day official visit, his office said Tuesday.
Dr. Abdullah would talk about key mutual issues with the hosting authorities and would exchange views on relation between Kabul and Minsk, said the statement.
Both sides would sign agreements on establishment of a joint economic and trade cooperation commission between the two countries as well as another agreement on legislation, according to the statement.
The CEO would also visit the industrial productive factories of the Minsk and discuss bilateral agricultural issues.
Dr. Abdullah would also leave for Astana, part of his trip to Kazakhstan, where he would visit the 2017 expo and then take part in the Afghanistan Independence Day ceremony expected to be held in the Astana based Afghan embassy.
Both Afghan and Kazakh authorities would talk about bilateral cooperation and expansion of relations between the two countries.

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Third meeting of the government of Afghanistan and European Union (EU) on human rights held yesterday, Bakhtar news Agency (BNA) reported.
The minister of foreign affairs, Salahuddin Rabbani said the meeting aimed at promoting and institutionalizing human rights in Afghan society, according to the agency.
The Afghan side during the meeting sought more support from the international community in promoting human rights in the country. They acknowledged incidents of massive human rights violation happened in Afghanistan but stressed the government had been working hard to halt incidents human rights violation and had huge achievements in this way.
Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said Afghanistan supported the continuation of discussion on human rights and observations of Afghanistan’s performance in ensuring human rights in the country.
He said continued discussion on human rights was welcomed because it provided a platform to discuss over human rights developments and constraints in Afghanistan, BNA added.
Minister Rabbani said massive human rights violations took place in the past one year in Afghanistan such as trail of people in Kangaroo Courts, individual or mass killings, targeting public welfare and religious places by the Taliban and other groups.
The people of Afghanistan wanted the international community to take notice of these incidents and keeps a close watch over the supporters of groups who committed such heinous crimes. He said Afghanistan materialized the pledges made in the previous meetings took strict measure in promoting and protecting human rights in the country.
Likewise, the government invited the UN special reporter on human rights’ advocates to visit Afghanistan this year.

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met Richard George Feakes, Ambassador of Australia to Kabul in his office here yesterday, a statement from the Ministry of Finance said.
Both sides discussed strengthening mutual ties, government’s future plans and activities, implementation and financing of development projects, cooperation on infrastructure, underground resources, conducting educational programs for government employees in Singapore and other friend countries, the statement added.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance thanked Australian government for its assistance for supporting Afghanistan’s development plans.

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with World Bank Deputy on South Asian Affairs at the presidential palace on Monday, his office said in a statement.
In the meeting, thanking WB assistances in different fields with Afghanistan, the president said the government of national unity was committed on bringing reforms in all organs, according to the statement.
Pointing at the government efforts on regional connection, the president said establishing Kunduz-Mazar-e-Sharif-Herat railway would connect China and Iran through Afghanistan, the statement added.
On water management, the president said the government had many programs that if implemented, further steps would be taken toward power energy generation, the statement continued.  Afterward, WB deputy lauded the government of Afghanistan efforts in the fields of reforms and fighting corruption as well as recruitment of new generation in the government organs.  At the end, she assured of WB continued cooperation with the government of Afghanistan in various sectors.

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