20 November 2018

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Kunduz (BNA) Four smugglers with 32kgs of heroin were detained in Kunduz province last night.
Colonel Abdul Baqi Nooristani police chief of Kunduz told BNA, the officials of counter narcotic office of Kunduz arrested four smugglers in Kunduz-Takhar highway which wanted to smuggle 32 kgs of Heroin by a Sarach car from Takhar to Kabul province.
T. Yarzada
 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Jalalabad (BNA) 30 Taliban militants were killed in a military operation in Nangarhar province last night
The militants were suppressed by air and ground operation of security forces in parts of Khogyani district.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, in the operation 30 insurgents including several foreign fighters of this group were killed and three others have been wounded.
It is said that several hideouts of Taliban were also demolished.
According to governor spokesman of Nangarhar, no harm and losses incurred to security forces and civilians in the operation.
T. Yarzada
 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Asadabad (BNA) Military operation of security forces continues in Narang district, Kunar province, while the security officials reported from cleaning of several regions in that province.
The operation was launched since a week with participation of hundreds of militaries on Taliban and Daesh fighters in Narang district, Kunar province and still continue.
ANA senior commander in east of the country told BNA, more ten of regions were cleared from insurgents in that province.
During the operation, dozens of insurgents were killed and injured.
The operation continued in parts of Narang district.
T. Yarzada
 

Monday November 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani met NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan, Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann yesterday.
Based on information of MoFA’s spokesman press office to BNA, the meeting takes place ahead of the upcoming NATO Ministerial meeting in the first week of December this year.
Foreign Minister Rabbani and Ambassador Zimmerman discussed and exchanged views on a wide range of issues.
At the outset, the two sides talked about the developments in the peace process, as well as important events; including the election and related issues.  Expressing optimism, Ambassador Zimmerman described the parliamentary elections as ‘heartening’ and the measures by the security forces as ‘credible efforts’.
The NATO Representative briefed the Afghan Foreign Minister on the details and modality of the upcoming NATO Ministerial Meeting, in which Foreign Minister Rabbani will participate and address a statement.
The NATO Foreign Ministerial Meeting is due to take place on December 4-5, and bring together foreign ministers from over 40 countries. 
 

Monday, 19 November 2018 06:18

Minister Rabbani Meets Norwegian Counterpart

Monday November 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs received Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway Ms. Ine Erikson Soreide in his office late yesterday.
According to information of MoFA’s spokesman press office to BNA, the two Foreign Ministers conducted comprehensive talks on important aspects of bilateral ties and issues of mutual importance.
Foreign Minister Rabbani, welcoming his Norwegian counterpart to Kabul, recalled with appreciation the assistance that the friendly country’s people and government provided to Afghanistan over the past years, including the incurred sacrifices in restoring peace. He also thanked the Norwegian government for supporting the Afghan Women Symposium.
Foreign Minister Soreide briefly recalled the historical bilateral ties between the two countries and her previous visit to Afghanistan in a different capacity.
“Afghanistan is a country that I feel strongly for”, said the Norwegian Foreign Minister, sharing her personal feeling. 
The two sides discussed the state of progress in Peace Process and related issues. 
Foreign Minister Rabbani briefed his counterpart on Afghanistan’s strong commitment to negotiations for peace and the steps the country has taken to achieve the goal. He noted the important role Norway can play, given the experience the country has in engaging in other such processes.
Foreign Minister Soreide expressed her government’s commitment to supporting an Afghan-led and Afghan- owned peace process.
The two Foreign Ministers discussed other important areas of cooperation and issues of mutual importance, including the status of Afghan refugees in Norway.
The Foreign Ministers concluded the bilateral meeting reiterating their commitments to further strengthening the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.
 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Addressing journalists in Kabul on Sunday, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said the Taliban believes it cannot win the war militarily.
Khalilzad said he hopes a peace deal is reached before April 20 presidential elections and called on the Taliban to use it as an opportunity.  He said he believes there is the potential for peace in Afghanistan and that the end state of ‘peace talks would be peace, a successful Afghanistan, one that doesn’t pose any threats to itself and to the international community.’
Khalilzad also said that the Taliban might bring changes to its team of negotiators and that he remains “cautiously optimistic” and “hopeful” about the talks.
US envoy briefing of journalists came after he returned to Kabul following three days of talks with the Taliban in Qatar, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group told Associated Press on Sunday.
Khalilzad has been touring the region in recent days and met with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday.
 

Monday November 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum in his office yesterday, a presidential press office said, adding the meeting took place after series of the sessions held with different segments of the society for establishment of an advisory board for peace in the country.
Thanking Gen. Dostum’s view on peace, President Ghani said consultative meetings held with political parties, civil society activists and other political and Jihadi figures, adding peace was a national process and it was needed to have views on all segments of the society. During the meeting, both sides also discussed security situation in a number of the provinces.
 

Monday November 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani assured that the advisory board being formed as part of peace efforts is not going to act as a parallel body to High Peace Council on Sunday.
According to BNA report, in his series of meetings on establishment of advisory board for peace, President Ghani held consultative meetings with representatives of the political parties, Uzbak & Turkmen elders, HPC delegation and representatives of Hazara community at the presidential palace. President Ghani has been holding meetings to discuss the advisory board for peace process and formation of negotiating team with the Taliban. Meeting with High Peace Council leadership and members, the President reiterated that the advisory board will not be a parallel body to HPC, but rather an “Inclusive board which will advise the government and HPC on issues of national significance including peace.”
Meanwhile HPC chairman Karim Khalili briefed the President on council’s achievements and praised President Ghani’s efforts for peace in the country. According to another report, in a separate meeting that attended by Uzbak and Turkmen elders, President Ghani said the regional and international conditions are ready for peace, adding the process should be led expediently. Praising President’s consultative meetings with Afghan nation, Turkmen and Uzbak elders expressed their views on peace process and establishment of board, asking President to consider balance and capacity while forming the advisory board for peace. Meanwhile, in another separate meeting with political parties’ representatives, President Ghani said peace was the only demand of Afghan nation and main priority for the government, adding the main goal behind establishment of the advisory board for peace is to establish a specific address for peace negotiations and making it successful. Representing others, Najibullah Hotak and Habibullah Tokhi spoke related to the issue and thanked President’s move for holding consultative meeting with different segments of society. In a meeting with members of Overall Council for Sunni Hazara, the President said government’s main duty was to bring peace in the country, assuring them of including their opinions in all spheres, including that of peace in the country. The council’s members also thanked President’s national vision, breaking the monopoly, decisive actions against powerful individuals, reformation and expressed their views in line with establishment of the advisory board for peace.
 

Sunday, 18 November 2018 10:18

War-Turn Families Received Aids in Nangarhar

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Jalalabad (BNA) 200 war-turn families received aids in Nangarhar province.
According to reports, each family received 150kg of wheat.
Nangarhar Medias office with releasing a statement said, in this round wheat disseminated for 700 families in Chaparhar district.
The wheat have been provided by donor foundations.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Jalalabad (BNA) Big shipment of weapons were discovered in Nangarhar province this morning.
The shipment was loaded from Pakistan and was supposed to be transferred via Batikot District to Kapisa province.
51 heavy and light weapons and thousands of shells were discovered from the shipment.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA two persons have been detained in connection of the case.
He further added, the detainees skillfully placed the packages of weapons in a vehicle.
The detainees in primary investigation acknowledge that they loaded the weapons from Pakistan via to Batikot district of Jalalabad to Kapisa province.
The case is under investigation by police forces.
T. Yarzada
 

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