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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Talks between Afghanistan and Australia over inking the strategic agreement have been going on, a source with the foreign ministry said. 
He also added that foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul held meeting with Australian defense minister Stephen Smith here the other day and expressed gratitude over the contribution of Australia to Afghanistan especially in Uruzgan province over the past decade. 
For his part, the Australian foreign minister said that Australian government would continue its support to the people of Afghanistan on priority basis.

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The ministers of defense and interior affairs of Afghanistan are in the US to exchange views on equipping and further expansion of the Afghan security forces. 
General Abdul Rahim Wardak and General Besmellah Mohammadi met in Pentagon with the US Defense Secretary Lion Panetta. 
The visit of the two higher authorities of Afghanistan to the US was programmed in the beginning of the past month but the Panwayee incident and some other incidents that led to the killing of 17 people the visit was over shadowed so they suspended their visit to the US then. 
The Pentagon authorities said that the US defense secretary in his meeting with the Afghan ministers discussed regional developments and the challenges facing ensuring of security in Afghanistan. 
The US side welcomed the successes of the Afghan forces in the recent months and congratulated the cabinet ministers of Afghanistan. 
He attributed the attained successes as positive steps for transition of security responsibility in Afghanistan.
It is also said that the Afghan and the US sides at the meeting discussed the quantity of the Afghan security forces, equipping of the armed forces of the country and the situation and activities of the Afghan security forces after 2014 as well.

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) First Vice president Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim has said that members of parliament have huge responsibility to discharge. 
In meeting with members of the commission for hearing complaints of senate the other day, said that each member of the national assembly has responsibility in drafting and approving the laws of the country, adding ratification of the law and control of budget are among the responsibilities that the members of parliament do it. 
Speaking on the occasion, head of commission for hearing complaints in Senate said that the legislators would do their best for improving the situation in the country. 
Nevertheless, he stated that lack of responding of some officials to the parliament would hinder the legislature in discharge.

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met Stephen Smith, Defense Minister of Australia at presidential palace the other day. 
Australian Defense Minister said Australia is interested in foregoing a strategic partnership with Afghanistan. 
Defense Minister Smith said, the draft strategic partnership document has been handed over to the Afghan Ministry of foreign affairs and hoped that the draft be finalized as soon as possible by the governments of the two countries which is expected to be signed by the presidents of the two countries during Chicago Conference. 
Pointing at a series of strategic partnerships between Afghanistan and some key countries in the world, Stephen Smith stressed that Australia is also interested in long-term cooperation with Afghanistan and gave assurances that the international community would not leave Afghans alone beyond 2014. 
Briefing president Karzai on his trip to southern provinces of Afghanistan, the Australian Defense Minister said that security situation has improved in Uruzgan province and the province is fully prepared for the 3rd phase of security transition. 
President Karzai thanked Australia for its assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan and said that the Afghan government would review the draft strategic partnership documents as quickly as possible so that it could be finalized for signing. 
Expressing his gratitude for activities carried out by the Australian troops in Uruzgan province, the president called on the Australian soldiers to further contribute to enhancing education in that province.