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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul and his Peruvian counterpart, Rafael Roncagliolo, yesterday agreed to establish direct diplomatic relations at the non-resident ambassador level for the first time.
The agreement came at a bilateral meeting between Dr. Rassoul and with Mr. Roncagliolo in Lima during the first visit by an Afghan foreign minister to Peru.
“Afghanistan and Peru share a lot in common,” said Dr. Rassoul, “From the common challenge of fighting drugs to the opportunities of sharing experiences and knowledge in areas of economic and political cooperation.”
For example, Dr. Rassoul said Afghanistan could learn from Peru’s long experience in extracting its natural resources to the benefit of the Peruvian people.
Addressing Mr. Roncagliolo, Dr. Rassoul said “your invitation for me to visit Peru for the first time has helped us lay down the foundation of our bilateral relationship.”
The two foreign ministers agreed to formally sign and exchange the necessary documents on the establishment of direct diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Peru in the next few months.
The two countries discussed the possibility of establishing a diplomatic relationship in 1973 for the first time, a step that was derailed by subsequent events in both countries.
Dr. Rassoul will speak at an international counternarcotics conference hosted by the Peruvian government in Lima.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai made a telephone call this evening to the new Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi to congratulate him on his victory in the recent elections.
President Karzai told President Morsi that he was happy to call him and to congratulate on behalf of the Afghan people his election as the new President of Egypt.
Hailing his victory in the elections, President Karzai said, “I am sure it is a good news to the people of Egypt and for the fulfillment of the aspirations for future.”
Pointing to the very long relations that have existed between the two countries, President Karzai said Afghanistan and Egypt enjoyed long and historical relations and reminded that Egypt has been a country
where many Afghan scholars have graduated from its well-known Al Azhar University.
The President once again expressed his best wishes to the new President and happiness to the people of Egypt and prayed for the peace and stability of the entire Ummah.
President Morsi thanked President Karzai for his call and his congratulations and wished that the relations between the two countries could further expand during his tenure in office.
In a separate phone conversation, President Karzai also congratulated the new Pakistan Prime Minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf on his election to Office.
President Karzai wished the new Prime Minister success and extended to him a formal invitation to visit Afghanistan at his earliest convenience.
Prime Minister Ashraf thanked President Karzai for his call and accepted with thanks his invitation to visit Afghanistan.

Monday, June 25, 2012
Kabul (BNA) BNA analyst writes:
June 24 is celebrated as anti-narcotics campaign day, worldwide. During this day world public once again renew this commitment for struggle again this evil phenomenon.
Afghanistan celebrating this day, which has unfortunately the largest poppy fields and still considered as the major producer of narcotics in the world.
The Afghan anti-narcotics campaign minister, in his recent speech, expressed his concern about the increase of poppy cultivation and narcotic drugs in the country.
According the figures, officially published by relevant organs, the member of addicted people has reached to one million people. Which is a concerning issue, in a country whose total population is more than 20 millions. Unfortunately, the world community generally considers Afghans as the main producer of narcotic drugs in the world. Some what we confirm this, but this is a fact that the world community has not assisted enough to eradicate this heinous phenomenon and also the instabilities and inequalities of the last decades, have provided a favorite situation for cultivation production and trafficking of narcotics in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan authorities, during the last years, have adopted affective measures to fight narcotics. Among those measures are: Establishment of anti-narcotic deputy ministry within the frame work of interior Ministry, establishment of special police forces, establishment of anti-narcotics campaign ministry as a policymaker, establishing of ant-drug court to fight narcotics.
Beside those measures, Afghan security forces launched operations for eradication of poppy fields, which sometimes caused to the lives of our youths. But the bitter reality of cultivation and trafficking of narcotics, which develop and grow under direct support of terrorism because narcotic drugs are the main source of funding terrorism in the region and across the world.
There are credible documents that Taliban insurgents take benefit from cultivation and trafficking of narcotics and A1-qaida the main supporter of Taliban is very active internationally in trafficking of drugs.
Now, world community acknowledges that trafficking of narcotic drugs is a major source for funding Al-Qaida and Taliban extremists.
As terrorism exports from beyond Afghan borders, chemical material required for producing narcotics, also comes from other side of the borders.
Although Afghanistan is blamed by some countries, specially neighboring countries to the cultivation and trafficking of narcotic drugs, but it is a clear fact that high ways and the ports of those countries are a safe route for transporting drugs abroad and worldwide.
Afghan poor farmers just know how to cultivate poppy, but the factories that produce hereon are located in tribal regions of Pakistan. Worst than that some neighboring countries, use narcotic drugs as weapon against us and support drugs trafficking, this is supporting Taliban who supports the smuggling of narcotic drugs.
If the world community want, Afghanistan to be rid of narcotics evil phenomenon, they should, in the first step create barriers, in order to prevent terrorists and intelligent services of the region of drug trafficking.
While, drug traffickers have no supporters like Taliban rebels and ISI, in that case, poppy will never b cultivated in Afghanistan.
The other thing that can end, the phenomenon, is procreation from smuggling chemical which are used in making heroin in Afghanistan. 
These chemicals are manufactured in western countries and after passing a long way reach Afghanistan. This cannot be done without cooperation if powerful individuals and security organs.
It should be mentioned that, the countries who accuse Afghanistan for trafficking of narcotic drugs, should decrease the demand for those material in their markets.
Reduction in demand, automatically results reduction in production.
At the end I should point out that equipping and funding the Afghan security forces to fight criminal bonds among them drug traffickers is a must and world community should be serious about it because narcotic drugs problem is a worldwide problem and Afghanistan can’t settle it effectively.
In my opinion, it is a clear fact, if the world community wants to eliminate the evil phenomenon of narcotic drug from Afghanistan. They should focus on external factors and comply their obligations in that regard.

Monday, June 25, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The contract for the Japanese assistance was signed yesterday by Fazel Ahmad Manawi chairman of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Japanese ambassador to Kabul in presence of the head of the UNDP office. 
Manawi said at the signing ceremony that the Japanese assistance will be expended through the UN development programs for upgrading the capacities of the IEC employees and its infrastructural projects. 
He added that the money will be expended in Balkh, Kunduz, Bamyan, Herat, Nangarhar, Paktia, Daikundi, Jawzjan and Laghman and for creation of three regional election offices.  
The Japanese ambassador said that his country is prepared to assist the IEC for the 2014 election in capacity building of the IEC employees and its infrastructure projects. 
He added that Japan from 2001 to date has assisted USD103 million for holding of transparent elections in Afghanistan, adding that the 2014 elections will be led by the Afghans and the international community will assist Afghanistan in the financial and technical spheres. 
Meanwhile, the UNDP chief said that we want that before the Afghanistan’s elections as per the previous commitments attain the assistance of the donor countries and based on that the 2014 election is held.