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Thursday October 24, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani discussed momentous projects of Japan in Afghanistan in a meeting with Shinichi Kitaoka, the chairman of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Tokyo, the capital of Japan yesterday. According to BNA report, the president believed that Afghanistan can take advantage of Japan’s successful models and approaches in agriculture, water management and irrigation, dam construction, reforestation, land and urban development, and mining.
President Ghani described Japan as a steadfast friend and strategic partner of Afghanistan and extended gratitude to the country for its multifaceted cooperation and assistance in different fronts, particularly within the past 18 years. The president talked over the Afghan government’s progress in land sector, urban development plans for five large cities of the country, modification and passing legislation pieces and urged Japan to share its experience and successful models in those areas. He added following the amendment of the Mining Law, Afghanistan is keen to attract foreign investments in this sector and called on the Japanese investors and private sector to make investment in this area, particularly on rare earth materials such as Lithium.
The JICA chairman welcomed the president to Japan and assured on their cooperation with Afghanistan in various areas including agricultural development, land management as well as training Afghan students to enable them to learn those models and apply them in their own country.
According to another report, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani also met with Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the Komeito party during his visit to Japan and discussed Afghanistan-Japan cooperation, cultural and historical relations. Natsuo Yamaguchi affirmed Komeito party’s commitment to provide political support for any development initiative of the Japanese government for Afghanistan. President Ghani hailed the Komeito leader’s commitment for supporting Afghanistan and said Afghanistan seeks for a close relationship with all the countries in the world and the region in order to expand cooperation with those countries.
Ansari

 

Thursday October 24, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit in Tokyo city, the capital of Japan yesterday. According to BNA report, both sides discussed developments, continued cooperation, investment in Afghanistan, in particular in mining areas, peace, stability and security. Extending condolences over recent victims of the natural disasters in Japan, President Ghani thanked the country’s warm hospitality said it was a honor attending the enthronement ceremony of Japan empire. Hinting to bilateral friendly and strategic ties between the two countries, the President thanked the Japanese assistance to Afghanistan, adding reformation has taken place in mining sector of the country and amendments has also been made to the existed law, asking PM Abe to encouraged investors to invest on Afghanistan mining sector. Thanking President Ghani for participation of the Japan empire’s enthronement ceremony, PM Abe reiterated his country’s continued support to Afghanistan, in particular in areas of capacity building. Praising Afghans stance against terrorism, Japanese PM said ensuring peace in Afghanistan was indeed ensuring peace in the world, adding Japan was supporting Afghan-led and owned peace talks. Japanese PM went on saying that his country security was affected by recent move of the North Korea, asking President Ghani to support Japan’s stance against the North Korea. PM Abe applauded recent progress in mining sector of Afghanistan, showing his country’s interest in investments on mining sector.
Ansari

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah stressed on continued support to Afghan refugees during a meeting attended by representatives of the foreign organizations here at the Sapidar Palace yesterday, a statement said.
The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriates and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) organized the meeting for coordination of aids with the donor countries and agencies prior to the international meeting on migration in Geneva.
Addressing the meeting, Dr. Abdullah said addressing refugees’ issues nd providing shelters to repatriates needed international support.  Hinting to National Unity Government’s works, Dr. Abdullah said the next government would have further responsibilities regarding the refugees and repatriates.  The Chief Executive went on saying that peace and stability would encourage the Afghan refugees to return back to their country.  Meanwhile minister of refugees and repatriates said an international event to take place in Geneva on 17-18 October and would discuss refugees’ issues worldwide.  “The event would be an opportunity to raise Afghan migrants’ issues and Afghan government is ready to fulfil its responsibility towards them,” Sayed Alimi  Balkhi told the meeting, as quoted in the Chief Executive Press statement.  Representative of the UNHCR said addressing of the Afghan refugees’ issues in Pakistan and Iran needed firm international cooperation.
Yarzada

 


Kabul (BNA)  Newly-appointed heads for cultural sections of UNESCO have been introduced to acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi.
In a meeting held yesterday on this occasion, former director of UNESCO’s cultural sections introduced newly-appointed chiefs of the respective sections to acting minister of information and culture and assured of the organization’s continued cooperation with the ministry of information and cultural in the field of culture.
Besides praising the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its cooperation with MoIC in cultural sector, acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi briefed related to works and efforts being made by the MoIC towards protection of Minaret of Jam, saying that coordination has been made with the MoD , MoI, NDS, the office of the National Security Council and relevant institutions in connection with clearing the river flowing beside the respective minaret.
In the meeting, they also discussed archaeologic park in Bamyan, 4-month working report of Mes-e-Ainak historic site and holding training workshops in connection with hidden cultural heritages in various provinces of the country.
Hasina Safi stressed that the MoIC was making continued effort for protection of Minaret of Jam.
Yarzada

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  The deputy foreign minister for economic cooperation Mirwais Naab met US envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad here in Brussels on Tuesday and both sides discussed joint efforts for an Afghan-led peace process, a MoFA statement said.
The two sides exchanged views on working closely to build regional and international consensus in support of peace, a statement said.  The issue of direct negotiations between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban also came up for discussion.
Meanwhile the deputy minister Naab attended in the Special Representatives Meeting in Belgium.  Naab highlighted Afghanistan’s priorities including the peace process and the need for building further consensus especially in the region for an Afghanistan led and owned peace process and the start of direct negotiations between the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.
They agreed to work closely and jointly on the way forward and in support of an Afghanistan led and owned peace process, the statement added.
Yarzada

Thursday October 24, 2019
SAR-E-PUL CITY (BNA) A commander of local up-risers supporting government was martyred following mine blast in northeastern Badakhshan province yesterday.
Sayed Maharudding Anwari manager of counter-criminal cases in police chief of Badakhshan told BNA correspondent, convey of Qudratullah commander of local up-rising hit with a road side mine in Bagh Mubarak region, Faizabad city the provincial capital of the province.
Three guards of the local commander were wounded following the blast, Anwari added.
M.A.Ansari

Thursday October 24, 2019
FAIZABAD CITY (BNA) At least eight armed oppositions were killed and five others were wounded during clashes with Afghan security forces in Sar-e-Pul province.
Spokesman of 209 Shaheen army corps told BNA reporter, the clashes took place by support of Afghan air forces in No1 in Sar-e-Pul-Jawzjan highway
Five motorcycles belonged to terrorists have been demolished during the conflicts, the source added.
M.A.Ansari

Thursday, 24 October 2019 06:18

Taliban Ammunition Cache Discovered in Kabul

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  An ammunition cache of Taliban was seized by ANA forces in Mosahi District, Kabul province last night.
Kabul Garrison commandment press office told BNA, the Kabul 111 division officials launched clearing operation in Mosahi district, Kabul province, a Taliban ammunition cache was discovered.
Numerous of heavy and light weapons were seized from the cache.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 24 October 2019 06:17

Mine Explosion Prevented in Paghman

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Explosion of mines was prevented in Qarabagh and Paghman districts, Kabul city.
Kabul Garrison commandment press office told BNA, three mines which were planted by terrorists in Azgran village, Farza District, and Khomarkhail village of  Paghman district Kabul province, discovered and confiscated by officials of 111 division of Kabul city.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 24 October 2019 06:13

Drug Smugglers Arrested in Samangan

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Aibak (BNA) Police of Samangan province arrested two men on charges drug smugglers from Mazar-e-Sharif city.
Abdul Moner Rahimi police spokesman of Samangan told BNA, the two men wanted to smuggle 35kgs of opium from Baghlan to Balkh province were arrested by security forces.
The suspects of the event have been surrendered to Samangan security directorate.
A month ago, the police of Samangan province also arrested three men with 50kgs of opium from that province.
T. Yarzada

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