18 November 2019

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President Ghani Accepts Resignations of Defense Minister, Chief of Army Staff

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Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday accepted resignation of defense minister and chief of army staff after Shaheen 209 military corps’ deadly attack, the presidential palace statement said.

The decision came at a high-level security meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and attended by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar and the outgoing defense minister and chief of army staff.

The security situation of the country was discussed and options for the development and empowerment of security forces were explored at the meeting, statement from the Presidential Palace added.

Defense Minister Abdullah Habibi and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qadam Shah Shahim tendered their resignations, thanking the leadership of the national unity government for their support.  They, however, offered to serve the government in the future in case of need.

The president hailed the services of the defense minister and the chief of army staff, calling them the loyal sons of the soil.  The president said qualified and deserving individuals would be appointed as their replacements soon.

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