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Thursday, 19 September 2019 07:44

EU Reiterates Continued Support to Afghanistan

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, spoke by telephone with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani yesterday.
In the telephone conversation, Mogherini expressed condolences and sympathy to the President over Tuesday’s attack in Charikar, which killed and injured dozens, she underlined the EU’s support to the Afghan people and stressed the importance of an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process that would pave the way to peace and prosperity in the country.
Following the setback in the US-Taliban talks and the intra-Afghan Dialogue, elections are needed more than ever.  For this reason, she expressed her hope that the presidential elections of 28 September would be held in a clam, fair and transparent manner.
Regretting the suspension of the US Taliban peace talks and the intra Afghan-Dialogue, the High Representative Vice President highlighted that direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban remain the only way forward towards lasting peace, with a balanced agreement in favor of all Afghans, accompanied by a ceasefire.  In this context, Mogherini confirmed that the EU would continue its support to the Afghan people.

Thursday, 19 September 2019 07:44

FM Rabbani Meets Australian Ambassador to Kabul

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met with Australian ambassador to Afghanistan Mr. Geoff Tooth the other day a statement from the ministry said.
Both side exchanged views on the upcoming presidential elections, restoration of peace with achievement kept, improvement of bilateral relation the current political situation of the country, region and the world.


Thursday, September 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  Fazel Sanchraki, the Deputy Minister for Publications of Ministry of Information and Culture chaired the 19th meeting of Advocacy and Public Awareness Group, the other day, BNA reported.
In the meeting, the participants shared their views about the previous decision on the need to identify the food immunity specialists and analysts from the academic institutions, ministries and government offices, creation of website for the food immunity committee, strengthening and equipment of the information packages production, holding workshops for the explanation of the agenda and other issues, the agency said.  At the meeting, Fazel Sancharaki, the Deputy Minister of Information and culture and the Head of Advocacy and Public Awareness Group which is established within the High Committee for Food Immunity and nutrition Affairs, praised the working group and the related national and international active participation and emphasized on ensuring food immunity and public awareness.
The deputy minister also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nanany Afghanistan and Etelaat-e-Roz Dailies, under which the said newspapers publish informative packages of the group.

Thursday, 19 September 2019 07:39

Blasts Prevented in South of the Country

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Kandahar (BNA) A series of blasts were prevented in south of the country.
Security officials discovered and confiscated 20 mines from crowded ways of Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul and Helmand provinces.
Atal army corps in south of the country with releasing a statement said, the mines were discovered and confiscated with collaboration of people.
No individuals or group has committed the responsibility of the failed mine planting.
According to another report, eleven armed Taliban were killed in security forces operation in Balkh province last night.
Mohammad Hanef Rezaee Shaheeen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA the Taliban were killed in clearing operation conducted by security troops in Charboldak District.
Six other Taliban have been injured, 15 motorbikes of them were destroyed.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Jalalabad (BNA) Sixteen armed oppositions were killed and a number of them were injured in air and ground strikes of Afghan security forces in Nangarhar province.
The insurgents affiliated to ISIS and Taliban groups were targeted in parts of Nangarhar province.
ANA senior commander in east of the country told BNA, sixteen ISIS and Taliban terrorists groups were killed and number of them have been injured.
ANA top commander of the province said, three strongholds of the insurgents with all war equipment have been destroyed.
Another report says, a series of blasts were prevented in Nangarhar province.
Security officials discovered and defused ten mines from busy roads of the province and prevented from series of blasts.
So far, no individual or group has committed the responsibility of the failed planting mine, but local sources blamed Taliban for the incident.
T. Yarzada


Thursday September 19, 2019
QALAT CITY (BNA) As many as seven people were killed and more than 53 people were wounded following car bomb explosion in Zabul province this morning.
According to BNA report, the explosion took place close to provincial hospital and National Directorate Security (NDS) building in Qalat city the provincial capital of the province.
So far, security officials said nothing about the casualties of the incident, but eyewitnesses said that more than seven people lost their lives and over 53 more were wounded following the blast.
Women and children are among the victims of the deadly blast.
Meanwhile, Zabihullah Mujahid spokesman of Taliban group in a tweeted took the responsibility of the car bomb explosion in Qalat city.


Thursday September 19, 2019
JALALABAD CITY (BNA) By construction of a water network, hundreds families have gained access to safe and clean water in eastern Nangarhar province.
Local in-charge in Nangarhar told BNA, the water network has been built in Dara Noor region, Khogyani district of the province.
About 400 families have gained access to safe and clean water in Dara Noor region, Khogyani district of the province, the source added.
The families show their pleasure regarding the construction of the water network.


Monday September 9, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Angelina Jolie has backed Afghan film Hava, Maryam, Ayesha to win honours at the Venice International Film Festival.

The movie, which had its world premiere at the Italian film event on Friday, is being screened as part of the festival's Horizons strand - in which four prizes are awarded.

In a statement to Variety, Angelina hailed the film, which is made by female first-time director Sahraa Karimi, and chronicles the lives of three Afghan women from different social backgrounds living in the war-torn nation, as a "moving film" that had been made "against the odds".

Called it a "delicately made and moving film (that) chronicles the lives of young women in contemporary Afghanistan", Angelina added: "It shows the grace, beauty and spirit of Afghan women as they navigate marriage, love, friendship, family and motherhood."

Hava, Maryam, Ayesha was made with an entirely local Afghan cast and crew - an achievement the Maleficent star praised as a remarkable achievement in a country in which women are still struggling for basic rights.

"Every film made in Afghanistan is a triumph against the odds," she said. "At a time when the future of Afghanistan is hanging in the balance, it reminds us of all that is at stake for millions of Afghan women, who deserve the freedom, independence and safety to make their own choices - in their own homes, and throughout society as a whole."

Meanwhile, Sahraa thanked film festival chiefs for providing her with a platform to "bring attention to the issues my country is facing - in particular, the need to guarantee fundamental women's rights in Afghanistan."






Monday September 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Former Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi has announced his decision to retire from Test cricket after the ongoing one-off match against Bangladesh.
The 34-year-old seasoned all-rounder, who has featured in three Test matches for Afghanistan, including the landmark maiden game against India last year, will continue to play white-ball cricket.
He wants the country's youngsters to take centre stage in the longest format.
"Test cricket is an important format that every cricketer wants to play. I have served Afghanistan for the last 18 years. It was my dream as well to help Afghanistan obtain Test status and that dream is realised now," Nabi said in a video message released by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
"We have a maximum of 1-2 Test per year and I want, instead of me that a young player gets to play, since the emerging youngsters are playing well in domestic cricket. I want them to get the chance they deserve so that we have a good Test team in the future as well."
Nabi has played an important role in the rise of Afghanistan cricket at the world stage in recent years, featuring in the country' first-ever Test, T20I and ODI.
Besides featuring in his side's first Test win, a seven-wicket victory in Dehradun over fellow red-ball newcomers Ireland in March this year, Nabi is also a regular in the in T20 circuit including playing in the IPL and the Big Bash League. He will continue to represent his side in the shorter formats of the game.
"I will strive to play ODIs and T20Is for Afghanistan as long as I am able to," he said.
Nabi has played 121 ODIs and amassed 2,699 runs while scalping 128 wickets. In 68 T20Is, he has 1,161 runs with a best of 89. He bagged 69 wickets in the shortest format of the game.


Monday September 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The European Union's special envoy for Afghanistan Roland Kobia said on Sunday presidential elections must be held this month as the country needs a political leadership that has received a renewed democratic mandate from its citizens.
"It seems today that the EU line advising preparation of elections in parallel and as if there was no Afghan peace process was not unwise. Elections become more necessary by the hour," Kobia wrote in a Twitter post.
Kobia's tweet came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he had cancelled a planned meeting with the Taliban over a draft peace accord.
Presidential elections are scheduled for Sept.28, but the Taliban are opposed to the polls.

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