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Sunday March 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has promised support for Afghan government policy of durable peace and stability, the National Security Council (NSC) said on Saturday.
Lavrov reaffirmed the commitment during a meeting with National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar in Moscow on Friday, a statement from NSC added. During the meeting, bilateral relations, political links, a joint fight against terrorism, regional economic projects and their effective implementation were discussed, the statement added.
“Afghanistan considers Russian a key partner in the region and Moscow’s cooperation on the war against terrorism very important,” the statement quoted the visiting advisor as saying.
In a separate statement, the NSC said Atmar also met the head of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). “We maintain sustained dialogue with our Afghan friends and with you personally. “We communicate with you regularly in your various capacities,” Lavrov told Atmar. “Russian remained in favor of developing further cooperation with Afghanistan in trade, economic and humanitarian spheres and in helping strengthen the combat capability of the Afghan security forces, with a view to ensuring security in your country.”
He added it was important to continue talking about ways to promote national reconciliation in Afghanistan. “In recent months, we have taken a whole number of active moves in cooperation with Afghanistan and key outside players. “We are planning additional steps in this direction, and we hope to mobilize the will of the international community to move along this path,” he said. Organized crime, human trafficking, terrorism and other issues were also discussed. Atmar said being a CSTO observer Afghanistan believed in a joint strategy against common threats.
He said Afghanistan was prepared to jointly work with the CSTO for regional stability. CSTO was established in 1992 and currently Russian, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kirghizstan are its full members. Atmar’s visit to Russian comes at a time when Moscow has started taking more interest in Afghanistan. Russian confirmed it has been in contact with the Taliban for the sake of peace in the region.
 

Sunday March 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Deputy Foreign Minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai met with the Deputy Foreign Minister for economic affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mahmud Ahmad Mammad-Guliyev here yesterday, the MoFA said in a statement.
Foreign Minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai thanked Republic of Azerbaijan for the warm hospitality and co-chairmanship of the Heart of Asia- Istanbul Process for 2017, emphasizing on the importance of the Heart of Asia process for Afghanistan and the region.
He also discussed the importance of economic cooperation between the two countries and informed about the preparation of the Government of Afghanistan regarding inter-state economic commission, the statement added. Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan pointed on the importance of the bilateral relations of the both countries and emphasized on the importance of agricultural cooperation, political consultations and inter-state economic commission between the two countries, and assured that Azerbaijan is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in various areas, the statement concluded.
 

Sunday March 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Special envoy to President on reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Masoud participated in introductory ceremony of Panjshir newly-appointed governor Eng. Kamal Nizami.
In his speech in the ceremony, special envoy to president said that Eng. Kamal Nizami had good experience in administration, hoping that by taking new responsibility he would address needs of the people of Panjshir. Ahmad Zia Masoud further said that Panjshir needed serious reconstruction in current circumstances and it was necessary that how the new leading body of the province could make use of economic sources and possibilities on hand towards economic development and addressing needs of the people. He asserted that one of key issues was to lead development process from villages to center so that needs of the people would be addressed.
 

Sunday March 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Japan’s newly-appointed ambassador to Kabul Mitsuji Suzuka called on second vice president Sarwar Danesh yesterday.
In the meeting, issues as peace talks, holding parliamentary elections, counter corruption and reforms in judicial organs were discussed. Second vice president by pointing to mutual diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Japan that were historic stressed on expansion of bilateral relations in political, cultural and economic fields between the two countries, adding that cooperation of Japan were useful in disarmament, reconstruction and development sectors during the past 10 years. Related to holding elections, second vice president said practical discussions have been recently held in this field and it was anticipated that final decision would be soon taken in this regard. He further said that national unity government was determined that parliamentary and district councils elections would be held during the current year (2017) and electoral technology might be used for holding the process, but any kind decision in this regard needed further discussion and review as well as assistance and cooperation of the international community.
In the meeting, Japanese ambassador to Kabul Mitsuji Suzuka by insisting on expansion of bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields stressed on serious counter corruption effort, adding that one of conditions for providing the international assistance to Afghanistan was to effectively fight the phenomenon. The Japanese ambassador welcomed recent developments in connection with counter corruption and reforms in judicial organs, saying that national unity government has taken effective steps in counter corruption, but it was anticipated that further efforts should be made in this regard.  He said that his government was determined to provide training and capacity building opportunity for counter-corruption judicial center. He also stressed on holding fair and transparent elections and said that Japan government was ready to provide assistance to the process.
 

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