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September 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with Deborah Lyons, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA at the Presidential Palace yesterday.
According to BNA report, the two sides discussed a range of issues related to the Afghan peace process, general condition of Afghanistan as well as operations of the UN agencies in Afghanistan, particularly the development projects.
President Ghani and the UNSG Special Representative also exchanged views over the Afghan government’s anti-corruption measures, progresses and achievements of the past six years, and preparations for the upcoming Geneva Conference.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 05:24

Taliban Attack Repulsed in Bamyan

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Taliban attack in Shibar district of Bamyan repulsed with suffering casualties yesterday.
Mohammad Reza Yousefi, spokesman for Bamyan police chief told BNA that more than 100 Taliban insurgents attacked security checkpoints in Baghak village of Shibar district last night from Taleh and Barfak in Baghlan, but were repulsed by security forces.
Yousefi added that the Taliban also suffered casualties in the incident.
Bamyan police chief spokesman said two policemen were martyred and another wounded in the attack.

Tuesday, September 21, 20210
Kabul (BNA) NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, Stefano Pontecorvo on Monday said that peace in Afghanistan is within reach as the talks currently underway in Doha are a historical opportunity to find a political settlement and resolution to the decades-old war.
Marking the International Day of Peace, NATO’s Pontecorvo said the start of peace talks, in Doha a week ago, was a milestone and ushered in a new phase in the peace process.
“Today, most Afghans have not had the fortune of experiencing their country at peace, still they are hopeful,” he said adding they were hopeful for a sustainable and lasting peace that ends violence and safeguards the human rights of all Afghans.
He said it was about upholding the rights especially for women, children, ethnic minorities; preserving the hard-won gains of the past 20 years; upholds the rule of law and ensures that Afghanistan never again serves as a safe haven for terrorists.
He also stated that NATO’s goal in Afghanistan was to support the country and help attain lasting peace and security.
Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry also issued a short statement on Twitter and thanked the country’s international partners for working closely with government in its efforts to bring about peace. “Let’s work together to make sustainable peace for all Afghans possible, urging Taliban to respect the wish of Afghan public for ceasefire,” their tweet read.
The High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Chairman Abdullah Abdullah also issued a statement on the occasion of the International Day of Peace.  He called on the Taliban to end the violence and embrace a ceasefire. He said Afghanistan is at a historic juncture and that the ongoing talks are aimed at reaching a lasting agreement and peace.
“People are tired of the ongoing wars and conflicts. History has proved that war is not the solution to conflicts, and only talks can pave the way for a peaceful life,” the statement read.
On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged for a worldwide ceasefire, asking warring parties everywhere to lay down weapons and work for harmony.
This comes as President Ghani on Saturday asked Taliban to announce humanitarian ceasefire in the country to avoid civilian causalities.
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, during a meeting with young entrepreneurs’ yesterday afternoon, listened to their problems and suggestions in various fields, a statement from the presidential press office said.
At the outset, Fahim Didar and Mirwais Aria spoke on behalf of others, and thanked the President for his support and encouragement of the young entrepreneurs, saying that his promises to the young entrepreneurs, especially their representations in the meetings of the High Economic Council has been implemented, the statement added.
Referring to the problems of young entrepreneurs, they said that the coronavirus, like in other parts of the world, has had a negative impact on the Afghan economy and life too, resulting in many entrepreneurs losing their jobs and many people becoming unemployed, the statement quoted.
They also called for the creation of a special loan fund for entrepreneurs and tax exemptions during the outbreak of the coronavirus, adding that the government has cooperated with them in the past, hoping to support investors and entrepreneurs in the current situation.
After listening to their speeches and suggestions, President Ghani praised the work of the young entrepreneurs, saying: “You are a young generation who provided jobs for other compatriots in difficult circumstances.”
The President, as quoted in the statement, added: “I support you and your problems will be addressed in a timely manner. For new ventures, make a clear and comprehensive plan for the government to work with you.”
The President noted that government was ready to have a clear discussion with the young entrepreneurs and they will be given a share in the procurement. “We want to strengthen domestic production and entrepreneurs can receive big contracts.”
Referring to the creation of a special loan fund for entrepreneurs, President Ghani said: "We agree with the creation of this fund, but the management of the fund is very important and the entrepreneurs should work on it together with the government."
Concluding his speech, the President said that one of the big problems of entrepreneurs was lack of space, and reiterated government’s support for providing of property in the capital Kabul and other provinces. “In the medium term, we will create a park for entrepreneurs.”

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during his official visit to Bamyan termed the province ‘guardian of the republic’ and an example of unity among religious denominations.
The president who was addressing a large gathering of elders, influential figures and other demographics of the province said Bamyan symbolizes national unity where everyone believes in rights of citizenship, equality, social justice, and rights of women, a statement from the presidential press office said.
President Ghani stressed that Bamyan is no longer a prisoner of geography and said the province is now playing a foundational role in the political narrative of Afghanistan, according to the statement.
“The day when Taliban exploded Buddhas of Bamyan, every Afghan’s heart was scarred,” said the president while underscoring that it is the responsibility of every Afghan, and specifically every Bamyani, to protect cultural heritages and monuments.
Speaking on peace process, President Ghani said the government is determined to move forward with wisdom, vision and commitment and in line with the mandate and limits set by the Consultative Peace Jirga.
The president underscored, “It is up to all of us to protect the Republic,” and added, “I call on every young, woman, man and Islamic cleric to support the republic with an expressive and rallying voice.”
In the gathering a number of elders and influential figures spoke on behalf of the Bamyan residents and shared their demands, recommendations and challenges.
Their recommendations mainly centered on expedition of construction projects, mechanization of agriculture, re-structuring of some local offices and units, improvement of health service delivery and education, promotion of tourism industry, mining as well as addressing the challenges of water shortage, access to power, lack of healthcare and addict rehabilitation centers.
The Bamyan governor called for the expansion of the Citizen Charter program in the districts and the implementation of the National Food Program in the province.
Addressing the event, second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh reminded of the historical and cultural features of Bamyan, saying that the sustainable development of the province was one of the important priorities of the Afghan government.
He added: "The government of Afghanistan has supported the peace process step by step for the past two years and today we have entered an important stage of negotiations between the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban."
"No one will win through war, and these negotiations will be managed in a way that will lead us to a dignified peace and lasting security," he said.
The first Vice President, Amrullah Saleh, also spoke and thanked the people of Bamyan province for clearly sharing their demands and problems, saying that some of your promises could be fulfilled. He spoke about the peace and values of the republic and called on the people of Bamyan to increase the share of their youth in the ranks of the security and defense forces.
The president and his accompanying delegation visited the operational work of Yakawlang-Darae Souf road, which is due to complete by February 2021.

Monday, September 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A child was martyred and three civilian were injured in two bomb blasts in Kabul.
According to BNA the two explosions took place this morning, Kabul police spokesman Ferdows Faramarz said: The first incident took place around 9 am in the fifth district of Kabul city injured three civilians. A similar incident took place in the 8th district of Kabul after that incident, which martyred a child.
No group has claimed responsibility for the two terrorist attacks, security officials have blamed Taliban for bombings.
T. Yarzada

Monday, September 21, 2020
Pul-e-Alam (BNA) The Disaster Management Department of Logar assisted cash to needy families.
Matiullah Ahmadzai, Logar's director of disaster relief, told BNA that the office distributed 350,000 Afghanis cash to families affected by disaster in Logar.
A number of provincial officials were also present during the distribution of the aid.
T. Yarzada

Monday, 21 September 2020 11:29

Taliban Attack on Badghis Repulsed

Monday, September 21, 2020
Qala-e-Naw (BNA) The Taliban attack on Jawnd District Badghis was repulsed last night.
A security source in Badghis told BNA that the Taliban faced strong security forces resistance in the attack and fled the area with four dead and five wounded.
He said some Taliban weapons were also destroyed in the clash.
T. Yarzada

Monday, 21 September 2020 11:28

Development Projects Work Begin in Badakhshan

Monday, September 21, 2020
Faizabad (BNA) Thirteen development projects began in Warduj and Jurm districts of Badakhshan yesterday.
A source in the Badakhshan Rural Development Directorate told BNA that the projects, which include the reconstruction of schools in Warduj and Jurm districts, will cost more than 7 million Afghanis from the National Security Council budget.
A number of local officials were also present at the opening ceremony of these projects.

Monday, 21 September 2020 11:27

Amusement Park Opened in Herat

Monday, September 21, 2020
Herat (BNA) An amusement family park opened in Herat.
The park has been spectacularly built by the private sector.
There is a green area, water and waterfall ponds, lights and ornaments, a restaurant, chairs for families and sports equipment inside the park.
In part of this park, there is a place for children to have fun and play.
Herat Governor Seyed Abdul Wahid Qatali during the opening ceremony of the park, asked the citizens to protect public places and recreation areas as well as their homes.
The owner of this amusement park says that he has spent three hundred thousand dollars to build it.
T. Yarzada

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