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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Riyadh/Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met US President Donald Trump and discussed the security situation in Afghanistan and fight against terrorism.
In a brief meeting on the sidelines of the Arab Islamic American Summit here on Sunday, US president Trump welcomed President Ghani’s leadership in Afghanistan on fighting terrorism and implementing key reforms.
During the meeting, the US President also commended the brave service of Afghan security forces as they fight to secure their country.  There are currently 8,400 US and 5,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan, and 3,000 additional troops has been considered for deployment to the country, aiming to train and advise the Afghan forces.

Monday May 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A seminar on justice, good governance and sustainable development was inaugurated by the speck of Second Vice-President, Sarwar Danesh, his office said the other day. According to the statement the seminar, which was organized the Attorney General Office (AGO) was attended by CE, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Justice, Mohammad Yousuf Halim, high-ranking officials from the chamber of commerce and industries and representatives from Afghanistan private sector, diplomats and representatives from the international institutes here in Kabul. The Vice-President said: “Governments have the responsibility of implementing the main targets of the sustainable development, but the role of traders, industrialists and producers is vital to help get access the targets.” He said the domestic investors and producers, by strengthening craft and productions the ground for work and accessibility to welfare would be provided for all and that the executive measure should be laid at the priority of the justice and judicial organs. “Elements like war and insecurity, bureaucracy and administrative ups and downs, administrative corruption, intense rules and non-operational and lack of needed facilities for the investors, were the main obstacles before the economic growth and investments in the country,” said Danesh adding this was the main policy of the government of national unity to remove the challenges and encourage the investors in the country. But, he pointed out to the problems faced by the private sector as saying lack of access to lasting power energy, high plot princes and lack of supportive tariffs were the main challenges before them. He said the government was fully committed to provide the ground for the growth and wide activity of the private sector further than ever, through firm battle against corruption, creation of transparency in the procurements and in the open bidding….establishment of a new-planned administration “Asan Khedmat” or easy service in Afghanistan, the statement quoted. He suggested for a special team work from both the government and the private sector to investigate their problems in the fields of rules, justice and judicial and security organs and present their written suggestions to the government to be made decision about, according to the statement. The private sectors’ authorized representatives are available in the high economic council and the ministries of finance, economy, commerce, telecommunication and other stakeholder organs should have constructive consultation with the private sectors representatives, said Danesh. CE, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also vowed that the government was alongside the people and society and was committed to ensure their security.

Monday May 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In a meeting between the country’s Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and the Kuwaiti non-residential ambassador , Mr. Ahmad Khalid Al-Jiran, some issues about the two countries’ relations have been discussed, CE office said the other day. The Kuwaiti non-residential ambassador asked for renewal and further expansion of economic deals between the two countries, as he said the two countries have better political relations, said the statement. He said Afghan industries exhibition should be held in Kuwait by the two countries chambers of commerce and industries for one week, and that the Kuwaiti Development Fund would be used to invest in Afghanistan, according to the statement. Al-Jiran emphasized on the investment of the private sector, said the statement quoting him as going on to ask for resumption of the two countries authorities official visits, said the statement asking for the opening of the Kuwaiti Life Fund (Hayat-e-Karima) in Afghanistan and activation of a joint working committee and finalization of the two countries agreements. The country’s Chief Executive said the two countries relations were good since the last long and that the trade deals between the two countries should be further expanded. He tasked the ministries of finance and foreign to pave the ground for the opening of the Kuwaiti Development Fund and activation of the joint working committee, as well as finalization of the two countries’ memorandum of understandings.

Monday May 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani congratulated Hassan Rouhani on his re-election as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, his office said in a statement. President Ghani, on behalf of Afghan people and government, in a message congratulated the people and government of Iran on Rouhani’s re-election, according to the statement. The president also congratulated the event on a phone conversation to the Iranian ambassador of Afghanistan, Muhammad-Reza Bahrami, the statement added. On the phone call, the president hoped that the ties between the two countries, as two close neighbors, develop on the basis of mutual respect and good-neighborliness more than ever. Hassan Rouhani was elected as the president of Iran for the second term on May 19 winning about 23 million votes (57%). The turnout was more than 40 million (70%).

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