18 March 2018

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Saturday March 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Speaking in the 23rd martyrdom anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani called on all Afghans to get united as the chapter of discords have passed and there is a need for practicing the country’s constitution, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
“Arg [The Presidential Palace] is the home of all Afghan brothers and equal tribes. Arg is the hope of all Afghans and all Afghans are equal with each other,” said the president adding the Presidential Palace was neither the place of despotism nor belonged to any special person.
Pointing to the past experiences faced by the Hazara minority, the president said: “No one can say that based on the human source, the Hazara tribe should be referred to the past days.”
The president, while praying for the soul of Marzari, the martyr of national unity, said: “Our political arm should be wide, not limited. The more we restrict ourselves , the more we would restrict Afghanistan possibilities and with an open mind have started to how resolve the pains and political crisis of Afghanistan, not to enlarge it.”
The president hoped the parliamentary and district level elections should be a mean of national consensus and a future roadmap under the country’s constitution and the people willing, said the statement.
He said poverty and injustice should be put an end and that our pains of the past shouldn’t remain hindering our present and future, the statement said.

Wednesday March 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani chaired the meeting of the High Urban Development Council (HUDC), discussing issues including improvement of the Kabul River banks and Kabul Machin Khana, a statement from the presidential palace said Tuesday.
The president, at the beginning of the meeting, submitted the key of an apartment to Najibullah, former special force troop who lost his sight during a counter-insurgent operation in Farah province and praised him for his service to the people and country, the statement said. At the meeting, Najibullah Maiwand, one of the Agha Khan Foundation representatives presented his plan about the Kabul River banks and Kabul Machin Khana, including survey, planning, designing, modernization and reuse, improvement and access and the like, according to the statement. The country’s president said the area of Machin Khana belonged to the ministry of defense but, it has now evacuated and added that historical engineering about the area should be kept and the scope and type of activities in this area should be specified. He added the two sides should be turned into a revenue sources, the statement quoted. The president said the area should be provided with cultural activities, including conferences, libraries, cultural meetings and theater as well as sustainable market should be provided for the women products in this area. The president said: “By applying the plan, we can create business opportunities and the Agha Khan Foundation has high capacity for changing the area into the regular one.” Our opinion is to transfer all government administrations from the center of the capital to the Darul-Aman area and in this field, Sasaki Foundation is working with us as adviser about the Kabul future,” said the president. He said survey of the road from Dehmazang to the Darul-Aman area has been completed and there was a need for laying fundamental corner stone, hoping to change Kabul city into a capital with proper urbanization. The president asked for serious attention to the protection and revitalization of the Kabul city historical areas. The meeting said that 10 new projects presented by the Sasaki should be prioritized and related organs including ministry of urban development, Kabul Municipality and the Capital Zone Authority have been asked to provide a specific plan for the people information from the changes in the city.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met yesterday with the United States Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, at Gul Khana Palace.
Both sides discussed counter terrorism in Afghanistan and the region, counter narcotics and security of up-coming elections.
While welcoming the US Secretary of Defense and accompanied delegation to Kabul, President Ghani praised the US for its continued cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields in particular counter terrorism effort.
The country’s President said that US strategy for South Asia and Afghanistan has changed the environment and provided opportunity for peace process, therefore NUG offered peace program to the Taliban group and comprehensive dialogue to Pakistan government.
President Ghani also asserted that Afghanistan government was working on a plan for repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, stressing that repatriation and resettlement of the Afghan refugees help in peace and stability of Afghanistan.
In the meeting, US Secretary of Defense by praising ANDSF for their bravery and sacrifices towards counter terrorism and maintaining security said the US was supporting Afghanistan government’s peace offer with Taliban, offer of dialogue to Pakistan and repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan.
James Mattis, the US Secretary of Defense, once again stressed on his country’s continued support from Afghanistan for suppressing terrorism as common enemy.
In the meeting, chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also praised the US for its continued cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields in particular military and considered continuation of such cooperation as key for counter terrorism.

Tuesday March 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In unannounced visit Jim Mattes, U.S. Defense Secretary has arrived to Kabul on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
According to BNA report, it has been said, Mattes to meet U.S. military officials and Mohammad Ashraf Ghani president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and to exchange views on matters relating to mutual interests, including war on terror and peace process in Afghanistan.
It is supposed that Mattes to meet with other high-ranking governmental officials, including Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah during his staying in Kabul, the source added.

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