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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 07:01

Dr. Abdullah, FM Rabbani Meets UNSC Members

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met the delegation of the UN Security Council in a reception at the Storay Palace on the Foreign Ministry on Saturday evening.
At the beginning, Minister of Foreign Affairs welcomed the Security Council delegation and praised their cooperation and support for Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the Chief Executive and the Minister of Foreign Affairs briefed the delegation on the country’s security and political situation, peace efforts of the Afghan Government, the fight carried out by the country’s security forces against terrorism, achievements and priorities of the Afghan Government in various areas, regional cooperation and the need for Pakistan’s serious action against the sanctuaries of the terrorist groups on the other side of the Durand Line, the Foreign Ministry’s statement said yesterday.
During the meeting, Kazakhstan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Periodic Chairman of the UN Security Council Kairat Umarov called the delegation’s trip as a great opportunity in gaining first-hand information on situation of Afghanistan. He also mentioned his satisfaction of the fruitful meetings conducted by the said delegation with the high authorities of the Afghan Government and expressed his assurance of the continuance of cooperation and support of the United Nations, particularly of the Security Council to Afghanistan. According to another report, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah separately met with the UNSC delegation at Sapidar Palace and both sides discussed fight against terrorism, addressing the issues of safe sanctuaries for terrorists, border violations and sanctioning of the terrorist organizations. Dr. Abdullah said National Unity Government establishment was a new experience and that the stakeholders having better mutual understanding. He also emphasized on de-centralization of administrations, saying centralized systems have crated many challenges in the country. Meanwhile, the UNSC delegation assured full support to Afghanistan, including pressuring of those countries sponsoring terrorists.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met European Union and its member states’ ambassadors in Kabul on Monday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, the EU and its member states’ ambassadors spoke about improvements made in Afghanistan’s judicial sector and the challenges ahead of it.
Thanking the EU for its assistances, Minister Rabbani called Afghanistan a special country where should fight many challenges. He also asked for EU’s continued assistances in all fields.
The EU ambassadors also stressed they will support reforms process.
Both sides also discussed political, economy, security and continued talks and cooperation.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday met with members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) led by Kairat Umarov in Kabul and both sides discussed key issues pertaining the country’s situation, Presidential Palace said in a statement on Monday.
The two sides also discussed efforts against terrorism, corruption, drugs-trafficking, acceleration of the peace process and preparations for parliamentary elections.
Administrative reforms, strengthening women’s participation in governance and the UN role in the fields of security and development in Afghanistan were also reviewed at the meeting late on Sunday.
“The meeting also discussed regional cooperation and it was noted that pressure on Pakistan should be increased for ensuring stability in Afghanistan. In the meantime, joint steps should be taken for talks,” the statement further added.
Afghanistan had made good progress in strengthening economic ties with central Asian countries, Russia, China and Iran, the president was quoted as telling with the UN diplomats in the statement.
President Ghani added efforts were ongoing for boosting the Kabul-Moscow relationship, but Pakistan had refused to cooperate with Afghanistan. The president shared evidence of terror groups being trained and funded outside Afghanistan.
The president reiterated Afghan government’s “strong will” to hold the elections. “As a president, I will not allow myself to meddle in the affairs of the Independent Election Commission.”
Previous funds for elections had not been used effectively, the president alleged, promising the electoral system would be cleaned up.
The president welcomed the new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia and emphasized on intra-Afghan peace dialogue and peace with Pakistan.
In return, UNSC President Umarov said the team’s visit to Kabul, the first after since 2010, was intended to assess progress made in various areas in Afghanistan, particularly peace and progress. He said that UNSC was exploring ways of enhanced coordination and cooperation among different regional and international organizations.
Security and stability in Afghanistan was crucial to security in the region, remarked the US ambassador to the UN. Haley said the UNSC team was visiting Kabul to pledge more support to Afghanistan.
Praising Afghan National Defense and Security Forces’ fight against terrorism, the the delegation pledged UN’s enhanced cooperation in ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan.
The UN Security Council delegation included the ambassadors of United States, China, Britain, Russia, France, Sweden, Poland, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kuwait, the Netherlands and Peru.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and attended by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as well as the ministries representatives and national and international observers, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) held meeting on Monday, the presidential palace said in a statement.
The contracts were as follow:
- Procurement contract of DABS substations
- Procurement contract of necessary materials for protection of passes
- Construction project of a factory’s warehouse for the ministry of urban development and housing
- Two procurement contracts of health ministry’s facilities for 1397 solar year
- Contract amendment for overwork of an internet services project (Main-Link) to make the customs’ system automate in 26 customs’ sites
- Contract amendment for overwork of an internet services project (Back-up-Link) to make the customs’ system automat in 19 customs’ sites
- Contract amendment for construction project of a 50-bed hospital in Zurmat district, Paktia province
Discussing protection of passes, the meeting tasked the passes protection department to be totally reviewed by civil society and presidential office’s evaluation and oversight deputy office, the statement added.
Besides, the meeting approved the time extension of a contract for consultative services of a water dam design in Farah province.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Aibak (BNA) 14 large water reservoirs for irrigation of agricultural lands inaugurated with support the World Bank (WB), in Samangan,
Provincial head of national horticulture and livestock of Samangan’s agriculture and livestock department, Abdul Hameed Khairkhah told BNA, water reservoirs have been built in capital and districts of that province, at the cost of 12mln Afghanis, which half of the costs paid through gardeners.
Each water reservoir has a capacity to irrigate 15 acres of land he added, he went on to say that water reservoirs were constructed in Kharam Sarbagh, Dar-e-Souf, Hazrat Sultan, and Aibak city.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) To help the most vulnerable families including those recently returning from Pakistan and Iran, aid agencies in Afghanistan need $430 million this year, the announcement made during an official ceremony of launching the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan in Kabul here yesterday.
The money will be used to assist 2.8 million people displaced by conflict or natural disasters with emergency shelter and food.
Addressing the event, Dr. Abdullah the international community has proven its continued commitment to the people of Afghanistan with generous humanitarian funding of $317 million in 2017.
“The Humanitarian Response Plan launched today will serve to provide timely, life-saving assistance to families in emergency shelters or in need of urgent support across the country,” he said.
The Chief Executive asked people and the security forces to spare no effort in assisting the UN staffs while deliver aids to vulnerable people.
“In many parts of Afghanistan, violence continues unabated and people need support more than ever,” said Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, adding the response plan puts forward activities of more than 150 humanitarian partners - national and international humanitarian NGOs and the United Nations - delivering assistance to families and communities in need wherever they can be reached, despite difficult conditions including increasing attacks on aid workers.
“Today I call on international donors to stand by 2.8 million people whose lives have been ruined by conflict or natural disaster, and to help people returning to Afghanistan from neighboring countries,” he added, while asking insurgents to allow aids to reach the poor people.
More than two million people were directly affected by the conflict last year, 448,000 of whom had to abandon their homes to save their lives.More than 500,000 people arrived in Afghanistan in 2017, many of them after seeking refuge in Iran, Pakistan or other countries.
But this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan focuses only on providing life-saving emergency assistance to people caught up in current or very recent disasters.
Meanwhile in parts of his speech, Dr. Abdullah said the UN Security Council members visit to Kabul have met with representatives of people in Kabul and the UNSC has prepared to respond to the expectations of the Afghan government.
”The UN Security Council delegation met with civil society activists and women’s representatives,” Dr. Abdullah said, adding the UNSC delegation also talked on timely election, regional-level cooperation for the Afghan peace and support to the reconciliation process as well as counter-terrorism.
Dr. Abdullah said that at the meeting, the Afghan government expressed its concerns over the safe havens of the terrorists outside Afghanistan. “We raised the issue of terrorists’ safe havens with the UN Security Council delegation,” he said.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) To help the most vulnerable families including those recently returning from Pakistan and Iran, aid agencies in Afghanistan need $430 million this year, the announcement made during an official ceremony of launching the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan in Kabul here yesterday.
The money will be used to assist 2.8 million people displaced by conflict or natural disasters with emergency shelter and food.
Addressing the event, Dr. Abdullah the international community has proven its continued commitment to the people of Afghanistan with generous humanitarian funding of $317 million in 2017.
“The Humanitarian Response Plan launched today will serve to provide timely, life-saving assistance to families in emergency shelters or in need of urgent support across the country,” he said.
The Chief Executive asked people and the security forces to spare no effort in assisting the UN staffs while deliver aids to vulnerable people.
“In many parts of Afghanistan, violence continues unabated and people need support more than ever,” said Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, adding the response plan puts forward activities of more than 150 humanitarian partners - national and international humanitarian NGOs and the United Nations - delivering assistance to families and communities in need wherever they can be reached, despite difficult conditions including increasing attacks on aid workers.
“Today I call on international donors to stand by 2.8 million people whose lives have been ruined by conflict or natural disaster, and to help people returning to Afghanistan from neighboring countries,” he added, while asking insurgents to allow aids to reach the poor people.
More than two million people were directly affected by the conflict last year, 448,000 of whom had to abandon their homes to save their lives.More than 500,000 people arrived in Afghanistan in 2017, many of them after seeking refuge in Iran, Pakistan or other countries.
But this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan focuses only on providing life-saving emergency assistance to people caught up in current or very recent disasters.
Meanwhile in parts of his speech, Dr. Abdullah said the UN Security Council members visit to Kabul have met with representatives of people in Kabul and the UNSC has prepared to respond to the expectations of the Afghan government.
”The UN Security Council delegation met with civil society activists and women’s representatives,” Dr. Abdullah said, adding the UNSC delegation also talked on timely election, regional-level cooperation for the Afghan peace and support to the reconciliation process as well as counter-terrorism.
Dr. Abdullah said that at the meeting, the Afghan government expressed its concerns over the safe havens of the terrorists outside Afghanistan. “We raised the issue of terrorists’ safe havens with the UN Security Council delegation,” he said.
 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 06:49

Painting Exhibition Held

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) A painting exhibition of Khoda Bakhsh Balouch titled ‘Children and Peace’ inaugurated by the acting minister of information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari in National Gallery on Monday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
18 paintings of Khoda Bakhsh Balouch that indicate the children need to peace were exhibited, the agency further said. In a gathering held on this occasion, head of art gallery of the ministry for information and culture Hashim Shariq said that Khoda Bakhsh Balouch was an amateur painter who has come to Kabul from Nimruz to show his works, BNA added. Afterward, acting minister of information and culture said art was not only limited to Kabul, but there were also prominent artists around the country, the agency continued. At the end, Khoda Bakhsh Balouch asked the ministry of information and culture to cooperate with artists and pave the employment ground for them.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari met UNESCO cultural in-charge in Kabul on Monday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
Attended by Abdulahad Abbasi, head of historical monuments protection department and Noor Agha Noori head of archeology department of the ministry for information and cultural, the meeting discussed repairing of Jam Minaret, implementation of archeological and historical monuments’ projects, participation of UNESCO representative in cultural-national policy meetings and other related issues, according to the agency,
Stressing on execution of archeological and historical monuments’ projects, acting minister of information and culture appreciated UNESCO and World Bank assistances in cultural sections particularly on historical monuments and archeology, BNA added.
He also asked for UNESCO’s further assistances with the ministry of information and culture.
Likewise, UNESCO cultural in-charge in Kabul assured of his entity’s continued cooperation with the ministry of information and culture.
 

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Herat City (BNA) A top governmental official was arrested accuse of spying for Iran in western Herat province.
According to media reports, Asadullah Rezaee who was worked as specialist in services sector of Herat governor’s office had been arrested.
Razaee was detained during a special operation led by National Security Directorate (NDS) personnel.
Jilani Farhad spokesman of Herat governor in a telephonic contact confirmed the arresting of a senior governmental staff on the charge of spying for Iran said BNA, the arrested official was sent to Kabul for further investigation.
It has been said, before that Razaee had worked as a government employee in various governmental positions in Farah province.
Within the last five years three persons were arrested on the charge of spying for Iran in Herat province.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

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