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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Kabul (BNA) The Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Zalmai Rassoul and his Peruvian counterpart Mr. Rafael Roncagliolo signed and exchanged the documents establishment direct diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Peru at a special ceremony at the Peruvian permanent mission to the United Nation on the sidelines of the 67th UN General Assembly in New York on September 27.
Speaking before the signing ceremony, Dr. Rasoul said the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries did not only signify the beginning of a new phase of close and friendly relations between the two governments but signaled the strengthening of ties between the two nations.
  He also underlined the common experience of both countries in democratic development, fighting against narcotics, terrorism and the development of natural resources and other economic sectors.
Mr. Rancagliolo also expressed his satisfaction at the establishment of the direct diplomatic relationship between the two countries. “I would like to express my strong commitment that through this act, the Peru Afghanistan relations which symbolizes the beginning of mutual cooperation and reciprocity, we may continue to develop common goals in the progress of democracy, social justice and peace for our nations.

Sunday, 30 September 2012 08:27

Afghan FM meets Austrian Vice-Chancellor

Kabul (BNA) The minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Zalmai Rassoul met the Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for European Union and International Affairs of Austria Mr. Michael Spindelegger at the permanent mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations on the sidelines of the 67th UN General Assembly in New York the other day.
Both sides discussed the long-standing cooperation and friendship between Afghanistan and Austria, particularly in the context of Austria’s contribution to ISAF and Afghan police training efforts.
Both sides agreed to exchange bilateral visits to Kabul and Vienna in the near future to discuss the expansion of cooperation and relations between the two countries, especially in the economic development, investment and educational sectors.
Austria has been a member of the ISAF mission since 2004 and has also so far contributed US$27 million to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development efforts.
 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Kabul (BNA) The minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Zalmai Rassoul met his Uzbek counterpart Mr. Abdul Aziz Khafizovich Kamilov on the sidelines of the 67th UN General Assembly in New York the other day.
Both sides underlined the historic roots of the friendship and relations between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, and expressed their desire to further strengthen relations between the two countries.
Both sides also expressed satisfaction at the recent nomination of new ambassadors by both countries to each other’s capitals, and agreed to exchange visits at their levels in the near future.
Both sides also discussed the ongoing Transition process in Afghanistan and regional developments relating to security, economic development, border management and regional cooperation.

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Kabul (BNSA)  A high ranking authority of Russian Federation has alleged that around 20,000 tons of narcotics have been stocked in the north of Afghanistan that is planned to gradually exported to Russian Federation and Europe.
Victor Ivanov Chairman of the Administration for Supervision of Russian Narcotics has alleged this at the meeting with in charges of narcotics of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Russia and Pakistan.  He emphasized that this huge stock needs a joint operation to be eradicated.
The meeting was held recently in Dushanbeh at the center of Tajikistan.  Ivanov added at the meeting that around 2,000 tons of narcotics have been stocked in the mountainous parts of north of Afghanistan and if no poppy is cultivated in Afghanistan for another ten years this amount can meet the needs of the addicts in the western countries.  He added that the countries present at the meeting should launch a joint operation.  Though Ivanov has alleged stocking of this amount in north of Afghanistan, but Zarar Ahmad Muqbel Minister of counter-narcotics of Afghanistan says that he has no information in this respect and while he in a way rejects the allegations of Ivanov, reiterates that around 335 reduction has been noticed in the current year and almost 93% of the produced narcotics is grown in regions where insecurity prevails and armed clashes often occur in those areas.  At the Tajikistan meeting a new plan agreed that facilitates positive ways towards struggle against narcotics smuggling and this plan envisages security cooperation and measures for prevention of narcotics smuggling.
 

Sunday, 30 September 2012 08:08

Afghans have chosen way of peace

The development of previous years put Afghanistan at focus point of world attention and the countries across the world demanded for long term political and economic ties with Afghanistan, which is an emphasize on pivotal role of this country in world level.

BNA political analyst writes:  Recently, Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Polish president visited at the sideline of 67th session of UN General Assembly. The two sides, in addition to other relevant important issues, talked on preparing a draft of strategic cooperation between the two countries, which will be prepared and finalized after necessary consultations.

It is not only Poland that wants for concluding a long term strategic cooperation agreement with Afghanistan, also  Pakistan our neighboring country, tends  to extend its relation with Afghanistan within the framework of such  an agreement.

Mr. Karzai in a meeting with Mr. Asif Ali Zardari the Pakistan president in New York, while the British prime minister was also present, expressed his agreement on finalizing the draft of strategic cooperation agreement between the two countries until the end of 2013. Earlier to this Afghanistan has signed long term strategic co operation agreements with powerful countries of the region and the world, like India, US, Great Britain, Germany, France etc and recently such an agreement also was signed with China. Political activist believe, the Afghanistan tendency toward ensuring peace at national, regional and international levels, key role of the country in international issues, emphasizing on coexistence and regional cooperation and finally prevention from extremism were the key policies of Afghanistan which made the countries of the world including military and economic powers to extend their relations with Afghanistan, by signing strategic cooperation agreements. Because the leadership of Afghanistan always considers mutual understanding and reconciliation the only way of settling the problems and insists instead of seeking supremacy and exploiting the other countries should think about the interests of people all over the world. This realistic and wisely designed policy which meets the interests of all mankind faced the positive reaction of the world and led to the signing of strategic agreements with various countries.

Afghanistan tries its best, using the agreements and commitments to   prevail peace and trust in the region and the world and to prevent the reoccurrence of incidents which have caused huge casualties and destructions. Afghanistan wants instead illegal competitions and rivalries in the region build and atmosphere of trust and co operations in the region and ensures economic cooperation among the countries of the region.

Signing strategic cooperation agreements with a number of countries and talking with a number of other countries in that regard, are instances of the efforts which lead the south Asian countries to be a center of peace, security and prosperity and will establish a new chapter of political developments which will be positive and extensive.

Afghans believe to the world order and access to that order is impossible without peace and stability. This way of thinking and belief has maid the Afghan authorities to use every opportunity for restoring peace and stability in the country and in the region. If they negotiate for concluding strategic co operation agreements outside the country, they prefer to settle the disputes inside the country via negotiations and mutual understanding. In spite of many barriers and obstacles on the way of peace, they insist on ensuring peace via peaceful means.  The experiences of the past indicate that insecurity and instability in Afghanistan, is not only horrible and painful for Afghan oppressed people but threatens the region and the world as a whole. So, it is the responsibility of the region and international community who talk about ending hostilities and ensuring peace in Afghanistan work honestly like Afghan in that regard in order to create an atmosphere, suitable for progress and welfare of the people around the world.    
 

Sunday September 30 2012

Kabul (BNA) Tens of youth members of civil society of Afghanistan met yesterday with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president and asked for government support to the youth.
At the meeting in which Temur Shah Ishaqzai deputy minister for youth of information and couture ministry was also present, the youth members called the presence of the youth in different social, cultural, political and economic spheres as positive and asked for government support towards this big segment of the society.
According to them, the civil society of Afghanistan is a civil foundation that has started its official activities recently and it held its second congress for adoption of its charter and its organizational structure in the past week.
The aim for formation of this foundation has been assistance to the democratic values, strengthening of freedom of speech and ensuring the women rights.
Khalili touching on the role of youth and their position in the transformation of the country said that today around 60% of the population of the country are youth and in case this great force actively enter into the different social spheres, a great change would come about in the country.
He also touched on the problems and challenges of the country and reiterated that these challenges will be eliminated when the youth are made workable in this direction.
He called the youth the main factor for transformation in the society and called their role in ensuring national unity and cohesion among the people of the country.
He asked the youth to show resistance against the challenges and never allow desperation and hopelessness in their future destiny.
He assured them the government will launch programs for the growth of the youth and stressed that the existing departments should made use of the youth in their structures for responding to the present needs of the country.

Sunday, 30 September 2012 08:06

President Karzai returns home

Sunday September 30 2012

Kabul (BNA) president Hamid Karzai who went to the US last Tuesday September 23rd for participation at the 67th General Assembly of the UN in New York returned home yesterday evening.
In his address to the UN General Assembly President Karzai touched on the recent world issues and said that the world has been shocked by the actions of a number of immorally weak elements, for they resorted to insults against the belief of the almost one and half billion Muslim.
He condemned this act and added that either this type of insults is made through production of a film or caricatures can never be justified as freedom of speech.
In regard with the hide outs of the terrorism centers on the other side of the Afghan borders said that there is no terrorism in our villages and cities and they were not here in the past , as well, while the terrorism roots and hide outs are situated beyond the borders of Afghanistan.
In respect to Afghanistan’s relations with Pakistan he stressed that we are committed in the atmosphere of fraternal relations with Pakistan, and we are also aware of the issues that are making our ties tense as well.
Because for some time the Pakistan rockets attacks on Afghan border villages will harm the present Afghan and Pakistan efforts for security.
In his visit President Karzai besides participating at the 67th UN General Assembly had separate meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban-ki-moon, President of Pakistan, British Prime Minister, US Secretary of State and some other world leaders.
At these meetings issues pertaining to the Afghan peace process, transition of security, forthcoming elections and the struggle against terrorism and extremism were taken up.

Saturday, 29 September 2012 12:51

6 armed Taliban killed, 4 detained in Herat

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Herat (BNA) in clash between Taliban and police in the Ghoryan district of Herat, six armed Taliban were killed and 4 others of them were detained.  Ghulam Farooq Roistai governor of Ghoryan said to BNA, this clash started when Taliban attacked on two security posts in the vicinities of that district.  In this clash, six Taliban were killed and 4 others of them were detained and the police forces had no casualties, said the source.  

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Ghazni (BNA) 26 armed Taliban were killed in Ghazni province yesterday.  According to Ander district governor, these Taliban were killed in special operation of NATO in that district.  Qasim Desiwal governor of Ander district of Ghazni said to BNA ,in this operation which was carried out in the Kamalkhail area of that district, Mohammad Atiq a ring-leader of Taliban with 25 of his colleagues were killed.  It should be said among the killers, the bodies of several Pakistani were existed as well. 
 

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Herat (BNA)  in air attack of ISAF, the nominated governor of Shindand district of Herat , his deputy and military commander of Taliban were killed in that district.  Press in charge of 4 division of the national defense ministry said to BNA, this attack carried out by ISAF forces, Mullah Akhtar , nominated governor , Mawlavi Hosian his deputy and Mullah Sultan head of Taliban military commission were killed in Shindand district.  In this attack, 2 other high-ranking authorities of Taliban were killed but their identity is not clear yet.  Mahuddin Noori spokesman governor of Herat said, these high ranking authorities of Taliban came under the air attack while passing in a car in the Majborabad village of Shindand district.  According to Noori, Mullah Akhtar, was nominated governor of Taliban in Shindand and has committed responsibility of Farsi and Adersekan districts of Herat province.