16 December 2017

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The United States Ambassador John R. Bass presented his credentials to President Ashraf Ghani during an official ceremony at Arg on Tuesday, the president office said in a statement.
“It was an honor to present my credentials to President Ghani today,” said Ambassador Bass. He went on to say, “I look forward to supporting the government and people of Afghanistan in their efforts to rebuild a society in which everyone has an opportunity to live in peace and dignity,” the statement added.
Ambassador Bass will oversee U.S. support for Afghanistan’s continued economic and political development, including support for the rule of law and combating all forms of corruption. A main focus of his tenure will be on efforts to bring peace, security, and stability to the country and the region as part of the U.S. South Asia strategy, the statement continued. Ambassador Bass, a career Foreign Service officer with close to three decades in diplomatic service, most recently served as Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey (2014-2017) and Ambassador to Georgia (2009-2012). His previous assignments have included positions in U.S. missions in Iraq, Italy, Belgium, and Chad; service on Vice President Cheney’s staff; Chief of Staff and Advisor to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott; and the Executive Secretary for the Department of State and Director of the State Department’s Operations Center, the statement concluded.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has accepted credential of Turkish new ambassador to Kabul.
Passing good wishes of his country’s leading body, the Turkish new ambassador to Kabul offered his credential to President Ghani and expressed happiness about his mission in Afghanistan.
He assured of his country’s continued cooperation with the people and government of Afghanistan, adding that he would make further effort towards further expansion of relations between the two countries.
He further said that he would also try to attract investment of Turkish companies to Afghanistan.
Congratulating Turkish new ambassador on his new mission in Afghanistan, President Ghani praised Turkey for its cooperation with Afghanistan in security, economic, education and all other sectors. The country’s President hoped that in presence of the new ambassador to Kabul relations between the two countries would further expand and Turkey would remain as enduring partner and friend of Afghanistan.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Salahuddin Rabbani, minister of foreign affairs met yesterday with US newly appointed ambassador to Kabul.
In the meeting, the US new ambassador to Kabul considered his country’s relations with Afghanistan as strategic and stressed on execution of the US commitments to Afghanistan. Minister of foreign affairs while considering relations of Afghanistan with the region and world as expanding said opening of door for cooperation with regional and world countries was significant.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Council of Ministers (CMs) was held with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the chair, urging the provincial governments in eastern Nangarhar, Faryab, Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul provinces to assess security, a statement from the CE office said the other day. 
The statement quoted him as praising security forces in some districts of the eastern Nangarhar province in war against Daesh and other militants groups.
Dr. Abdullah thanked the security forces for arresting kidnappers and said detaining the dangerous criminals helped ensure security in the country, according to the statement.
The CE congratulated opening of Qaisar-Laman road to the Badghis people and said that in a meeting with Turkmen foreign minister both sides agreed on providing electricity with low prices to Badghis residents.
The CE, touching on some political issues from some certain people, said provocative assertions should be prevented as they would never tackle any problems and rather would fuel discords among the country’s different tribes.  Any Afghan is willing peace, and should do his /her best to help restore social justice in the country.  Dr. Abdullah also asked the country’s media to work hard in prevention of violence against women through launching a country-wide campaign, the statement added.
After hearing security report from defense minister, the CE appointed a delegation to assess displaced people situation in the restive Khogyani district and directed the counter natural disaster administration and the ministry of agriculture, for soon sending a delegation to the district to cooperate with the displaced people.
He said the ministries of defense and interior should do their best to take security of the gas pipeline extension to Jawzjan province and ensuring security of Amu River shore consolidation, as according to him, Turkmen minister of foreign has assured for cooperation in consolidation projects of the river, during his visit to Kabul.
He also instructed the Kabul municipality to consider construction of wells in city design and resort to the reconstruction and asphalting of the city roads to reduce traffic jam, the statement added.

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