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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) At the very beginning of Jadi 1380, (coinciding December 22, 2001, Prof Burhanuddin Rabbani, President of the then Islamic State and leader of Jihad and Resistance, peacefully handed over power to Hamid Karzai, President of the then transitional government for the first time.
The peaceful handover of power in the temporal history of Afghanistan, under which, replacements in the political leadership, have been simultaneous with war and carnage, was an unprecedented and exceptional step.
Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, by handing over power, took first step in the foundation of a democratic system and showed that his and his colleagues’ campaigns in the course of jihad and resistance, were not for power but for freedom, dignity and pride of Afghanistan.
Shaheed Prof. Rabbani, not only paved the way for peaceful transition of power and didn’t hesitate to do more for strengthening democracy, ensuring justice and equality, rule of law and a sustainable and a political system based on the people verdicts.
In fact, the current political system in Afghanistan and the last 17 years’ achievements, is the results of efforts, devotion, patience and sacrifices of the those like Shaheed Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani and Shaheed Ahmad Shah Massoud, the country’s National Hero and we, as their followers, are planned and committed to protect and safeguard their efforts and sacrifices.
Dr, Abdullah Abdullah
Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Sunday December 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has met with UK’s Chief of the Army Staff General Nick Carter yesterday. According to BNA report, in the meeting held at Sapidar Palace, Chief Executive praised UK for presence and assistance to Afghanistan and strengthening Afghan armed forces. UK’s chief of the army staff by praising Afghan armed forces for independently defending the country and sacrifices in war on terror assured of UK’s continued support to Afghanistan and Afghan armed forces. In the meeting, both sides discussed bilateral relations, peace process presidential elections and Afghanistan regional relations.

Sunday December 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Turkish minister of national defense Hulusi Akar at Gul Khana Palace yesterday, BNA reported. In the meeting, both sides discussed bilateral security and economic relations, counter terrorism, the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, cultural relations and expansion of bilateral relations. The country’s President praised Turkey for cooperation in the field of security, economic, higher education and training Afghan national police in particularly women police. Afterwards, Turkish minister of national defense praised Afghan defense and security’s sacrifices in counter terrorism, assuring his country’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan in maintaining peace and stability as well as training Afghan national police. According to another report, First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum also met with the Turkish minister of national defense Hulusi Akar yesterday. In the meeting, both sides discussed current situation, preparation for holding presidential elections, peace process and security situation of the country.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib in a tweet said the Afghan people desire lasting peace, not a hasty deal that ignores their sacrifices.
Mohib wrote that peace efforts required strategic patience, tact and courage not improvisation without any direction.
“We are humbled by the international interests in bringing peace to Afghanistan and are thankful to our partners, especially the Us, KSA and the UAE, for their efforts in this regard,” he added.
Hours after the conclusion of negotiations in the UAE, the NSA stressed ongoing speculation on achieving a peace deal in haste needed to be cleared.
All efforts toward peace were taking into account the reality of the new Afghanistan, he said.  “We appreciate our partners’ efforts in pushing for an intra-Afghan dialogue, foremost the United States.”
The US Afghan relations were guided by a bilateral security agreement, supported overwhelmingly by the Afghan people and ratified by the Consultative Loya Jirga, the Wolesi Jirga, the Wolesi Jirga and the Meshrano Jirga, he continued.
No other country or individual had the right or authority to discuss new governance formula or structures for Afghanistan a sovereign nation, including political dispensations violating the Afghan constitution, the NSA explained.
Mohib made clear the authority to make any decision about Afghanistan’s future lay with its people and their elected leaders.”
There is no substitute for an elected government.
There will be no deal over the sacrifices of the people.”