14 December 2019

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Sunday, December 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Addressing the 26th ministerial meeting of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, acting minister of foreign affairs Idrees Zaman called for a political settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan, saying the government has prepared a seven-step peace plan.
“This year marks the 16th anniversary of our partnership with the OSCE. We have benefited immensely from the knowledge and expertise of OSCE in different fields,” he added.
The Afghan security forces had wiped out Daesh -- Islamic State (IS) -- rebels from eastern Afghanistan, where a thousand fighters of the group had surrendered along with their families, Minister Zaman said.
“Taliban continue to be the primary partner of all foreign terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan. There are still strong links and cooperation between Taliban and Al-Qaeda, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan as well as nearly 20 others regionally and globally focused groups.”
Taliban and other associated terrorist groups maintained the ability to generate revenue through narcotics trade, illicit mineral extraction, taxation, extortion and donations from abroad, he added.
The Afghan government remained engaged in implementing its national strategy to address the lingering problem of narcotics, in all its aspects, the minister continued.
Since the withdrawal of the bulk of foreign troops in 2014, he said, Afghan forces had been bearing the brunt of fighting the insurgency and terrorism in the country.
“We are of the view that the war in Afghanistan should end through a political settlement,” Zaman remarked.
He explained: “I am pleased to announce that the Afghan government has prepared a seven-step peace plan. We have clearly said regional and international support is vital for the success of the Afghan-led peace process.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express a word of thanks to all partners, inside and outside our region, who are supporting our peace efforts.”
The Afghan-led initiatives such as the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process and RECCA had tremendously contributed to greater economic cooperation, mutual trust, increased regional connectivity and shared prosperity.
“We look forward to the next Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process ministerial meeting which is going to be held next week in Istanbul,” the minister said.
Afghanistan remained committed to developing and strengthening long-term cooperation with the OSCE, he said.
Afghanistan-related projects had benefitted immensely from the OSCE field presence in Central Asia, he acknowledged.

Sunday, December 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received Iranian special envoy for Afghanistan, Ebrahim Taherian, here in his office yesterday, a presidential statement said.
Both sides discussed bilateral relations and the peace process, according to the statement.
Welcoming the Iranian envoy, President Ghani said peace and stability in Afghanistan was indeed peace and stability in the region, adding Afghan government was trying to establish durable peace in the country.
Iranian envoy briefed the president on Taliban’s trip to Tehran, adding Islamic Republic of Iran was committed to the principle of respecting and honoring the Afghan constitution. He said his country was support Afghan-led and owned peace talks, the statement added.

Sunday, December 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) National Unity Government Leaders met with the family of the slain Dr. Tetsu Nakamura here in Kabul the other day.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received the spouse and daughter of late Dr. Tetsu Nakamura on Friday evening and offered his profound sympathies to his family as well as the government and people of Japan on behalf of the government and people of Afghanistan, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday.
The meetings that also attended by the First Lady and National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, the president called Dr. Nakamura a conscientious and diligent personality who transformed people’s lives in eastern Afghanistan during his 22-year service in the country.
“Dr. Nakamura’s loss is a devastating tragedy, and the entire Afghan nation is mourning his demise,” added the president as quoted in the presidential statement.
President Ghani said Dr. Nakamura began his services by providing treatment to the people of remote areas of the country, admiring him for accomplishing efficacious projects in the fields of water management, agriculture and designing and operating irrigation systems, the statement added.
The president said his deep understanding of Afghanistan and its people accompanied with his compassion towards the poor, rose him to eminence among Afghans as a symbol of humanity.
The president added, “I spent two days with him and discuss the projects he conceived, and I am honored to have awarded him with the most prestigious state medal and granted him the honorary citizenship of Afghanistan.”
The president highlighted that people of Afghanistan will always remember Dr. Nakamura as an eminent personality in the Afghan history and his family will have a special place in the hearts of the Afghan people, underlining that his plans and ideas on water management will be effectively put into practice.
The president extended his sympathies to Dr. Nakamura’s family and said his body will be escorted in a special ceremony in recognition of his services and the projects he implemented in eastern Afghanistan, particularly in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces. The president said the people of Afghanistan should perpetuate his services and memory forever.
President Ghani termed murderers of Dr. Nakamura the enemies of prosperity, progress and development of Afghanistan and said he had issued directives to the defense and security forces to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
The wife and daughter of Dr. Nakamura thanked the president and people of Afghanistan for expressing their condolence and appreciated them for expressing their ultimate affection to Dr. Nakamura. They conveyed their sympathies to the families of Dr. Nakamura’s five Afghan colleagues, who were also killed in the incident, the statement said.
Mitsuji Suzuka, ambassador of Japan to Kabul extended gratitude to the people and government of Afghanistan for expressing condolence. He said what Dr. Nakamura did was the best reconstruction approach as his success element was engagement of the local people in the projects.  He said Japan will continue to cooperate with Afghanistan in various spheres.
According to another report, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also met with family of Dr. Tetsu Nakamura here at the Sapidar Palace yesterday, a separate statement from his office said.
Extending his condolences to the family of Dr. Nakamura and Japanese people, Dr. Abdullah said Afghan history to remember Dr. Nakamura’s servants and patriotism for the country.
Hinting to his works in eastern Nangarhar province, Dr. Abdullah said local residents were happy with Dr. Nakamura’s works, adding Afghan people has lost one of their greatest friend and true servant.
Meanwhile daughter of Dr. Nakamura extended her condolences over killing of six Afghans in the incident, saying his father’s works were not possible without cooperation of Afghan people. She said that had seen light of candles by Afghans in different provinces and felt that all Afghans were mourning his death, according to the statement.

Sunday, December 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Forty-three armed oppositions were killed in nine provinces of the country.
National Defense Ministry with releasing a statement told BNA, 43 armed oppositions were killed by defense and security forces operations in Zabul Kunduz, Logar, Kapisa, Herat, Helmand, Paktia , Paktika and Farah provinces.
Dozens other insurgents were wounded and seven insurgents were arrested on charges terrorist activities.
Numerous   of heavy and lights weapons , motorbikes of the insurgents have been destroyed.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 07 December 2019 10:57

NDS: Five Terrorists Perish in Helmand

Saturday December 7, 2019
LASHKARGAH CITY (BNA) Five anti-government militias were killed during military operation conducted by National Directorate Security (NDS) personnel in southern Helmand province.
NDS by sending a statement issued BNA, the military operation have launched for suppressing armed oppositions in relevant areas of Nahr Saraj district of the province, in which 5 terrorists were killed and five others including two Pakistani nationals named Kalimullah and Bahaudding were wounded.
A terrorist hideout have been demolished, 60 kg explosive materials, 50 round of different type of mines, a pistol, a communication means, and some light weapons have been seized following the military operation, the statement added.
M.A.Ansari

Saturday, 07 December 2019 10:57

Six Water Supply Networks Inaugurated in Logar

Saturday December 7, 2019
PUL-E-ALAM CITY (BNA) The construction work of six water supply networks has been completed and put into exploitation in central Logar province.
According to BNA local correspondent report, the water supply networks has been built by development budget of ministry of rural rehabilitation and development in Mohammad Agha district and Pul-e-Alam city the provincial capital of the province.
It has been said, by implementation of the projects 1045 acres of land will be irrigated in the mentioned areas.
M.A.Ansari

Saturday, 07 December 2019 10:55

Key Taliban Associate Arrested in Kabul

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Spokesman for interior ministry said, police special contingent arrested a key Taliban associate from 8th precinct of Kabul city.
Nasrat Rahimi spokesman for interior ministry told BNA the police special contingent arrested a key Taliban associate with his colleague from 8th precinct of Kabul city.
They had come to Kabul to carry out a terrorist attack, said the source.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                           
One Dollar                                                        78/65        Afs
One Pound Sterling                                           102/30      Afs
One Euro                                                            86/70       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       21/35       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                        499      Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                             110 0      Afs
One Thousand Iranian          6/35

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Pul-e-Alam (BNA) Four Taliban insurgents were killed in Afghan Security Forces Strikes in Logar province last night.
Shahpoor Ahmadzai police spokesman of Logar told BNA, the insurgents were killed in outskirt of Barakibarak and Charkh districts, Logar province.
Numerous heavy and light weapons of insurgents were also destroyed, Ahmadzad added.
It is said that over the past one month, 20 Taliban insurgents were killed in air strikes of Afghan security forces and their war equipment have been destroyed.
T. Yarzada

Saturday December 7, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture attended a joint news briefing titled ‘Women as Element of Peace and Tranquility’ with Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms. Retno Marsudi.
In the news briefing, the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs by expressing happiness about meeting and discussion with Afghan women ley by Hasina Safi added Indonesia with its 87 percent of Muslim population was a country where democracy has developed unprecedentedly. “For the first time in its history, Indonesia had a woman President from 2001-2004. For the first time, a woman is the speaker of parliament and minister of finance is also a woman and I’m also the first minister of foreign affairs,” Ms. Retno Marsudi said. Pointing to Afghanistan peace process, the Indonesian minister of foreign affairs said they wanted lasting peace in Afghanistan. “In my discussions with my President, Afghanistan government, US administration and government officials of Pakistan, Norway, Germany and other countries, I’ve further concentrated to role of Afghan women in bringing peace to their country,” Ms. Marsudi added.
She assured of continued cooperation with Afghanistan and international community in the country’s peace process.
“Through open discussion and exchanging views, Indonesia wants to have clear image of situation of Afghan women in Afghanistan and we’re ready to hear you as we can work and use our common experiences through discussion for peace and tranquility of Afghanistan,” Ms. Marsudi stressed shed added that the program was aimed to hear Afghan women and discuss role of Afghan women in various fields, promotion of the culture of peace and solidarity, acceptance of values of power and at the end implementation of debates. Afterwards, Acting Minister of Information and Culture in her speech pointed to strengthening of confidence among Afghan women and their role as messengers of peace added the government of Afghanistan considered supported of the Indonesian government towards peace in Afghanistan as effective and was asking for expansion and consolidation of such relations, saying that experiences of the Indonesian women in reaching to current position could play effective role in reaching Afghan women in their goals.
Safi said holding such programs pave the way for further coordination in reaching their common goal which was the strengthening of role of Afghan women in various fields, adding that recently National Consensus of Afghan Women for Peace led by executive committee of the First Lady Office, High Peace Council, Ministry of Women Affairs, MoIC, Afghan Women Network, civil society and all women has been held in capita and provinces for effectiveness and inclusiveness of peace process. She added that three questions regarding introduction of peace, problems and challenges ahead of peace and ways of solutions have been discussed. In her speech, Acting Minister of Information and Culture by pointing to programs and steps taken by Afghan government towards supporting the Afghan women in various field added peace was a continued process starting from dialogue and ending with implementation of articles of the peace agreement.

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