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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah chaired an extraordinary meeting to assess the main challenges ahead of the implementation of Afghanistan commitments to the World Trade Organization (WTO), a statement from his office said Friday.
Held at the Spidar Palace, the meeting was attended by the country’s finance minister, minister of justice, acting minister of commerce and industries, head of administrative reforms and civil services commission, deputy ministers of information and culture and economy, according to the statement.
Addressing the participants, Dr. Abdullah pointed to the country’s economy and said Afghanistan’s commitment to the World Trade Organization (WTO) would have direct impact on the country’s agriculture, trade and economy, the statement added.
“Some ministries have not still fulfilled their own responsibilities in this respect, and the related institutions should do the commitments as soon as possible,” said the statement.
He instructed that the ministries’ required posts should be prioritized in coordination with the Independent Administrative Reform and civil services commission in order to apply the country’s commitments to the World Trade Organization, the statement added.
The CE also instructed the (IARCSE) to employ professional staffs needed by the ministries within the next two or three months.
Dr . Abdullah also instructed the ministries of economy and trade to soon provide reports about the developments of work, programs and challenges ahead of the implementation of Afghanistan commitments to the World Trade Organization and share with the next meeting of the Council of Ministers (CMs) in order to seek solution and to approve the final draft by the cabinet.

Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:42

NSA, EU Ambassador Discuss Joint Cooperation

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor, (NSA) Dr. Hamdullah Mohib in a meeting with the European Union Ambassador, exchanged views on various issues, including peace, security, joint counter-terrorism efforts and close cooperation, BNA reporter the other day.
The country’s national security advisor thanked the EU ambassador for the organization’s cooperation with the country, particularly its support to Afghanistan at the Geneva Conference, said the agency. Mr. Mohib also spoke about the new mechanism for an intra-Afghan peace negotiations and peace talks with the Taliban, adding that the people of Afghanistan were supporting a lasting and full of dignity peace in their country and that all aspect of peace process would be led and owned by the Afghans, said the agency.
The EU ambassador assured of the organization’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan and help the Afghan government and people in reaching peace and stability.


Saturday, December 15, 2018
Kabul ) BNA Addressing representatives of different ethnic groups in Herat City on Thursday evening, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said no peace agreement will be concluded against the will of the people, promising any decision in this regard will be taken on the basis of public and parliamentary suggestions, a presidential statement said.
According to the statement, the president called peace a divine command that was a necessity for the country’s seven-handed development and prosperity.
The president assured women that no one will be allowed to compromise their rights in the name of peace.
“A government negotiating team has already been constituted for talks.”
The presidential vote would be conducted on schedule next year, the president said stressing the incoming government must be capable of discharging its duties in an efficient manner.
All possible efforts would be made to hold the elections transparently, the president pledged, saying all government institutions were responsible for respecting voters’ mandate.
Western Zone Ulema Council head Mawlawi Khuda Dad, Provincial Council Chairman Kamran Alizai, Syed Abdur Rahim and Jujatus Salam Mohammad Jawad Rajabzada spoke on behalf of the delegates.
They shared their views with the president on the peace process, recent parliamentary elections and the need for development and reforms.
They thanked the president for inaugurating the Lapis Lazuli route.
While presenting public demands to the president, they also welcomed the launch of work on the ring road.  They called for joint efforts to restore peace in the country and avoid disunity among the people.

Friday December 14, 2018 Kabul (BNA) At least 44 armed oppositions were killed during several joint military operations led by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces within the last 24 hours across the country. Ministry of national defense press office stated BNA, the operations have been conducted by support of Afghan air and artillery forces to suppress anti-government militias in insecure areas of Kunar, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Maidan/Wardak, Khost, Paktia, Logar, Paktika, Kandahar, Zabul, Ghor, Balkh, Badghis, Samangan, Faryab and Helmand provinces. As many as 44 terrorists were killed and 11 others were wounded during the military operations, the source added. M.A.Ansari
Friday December 14, 2018 Jalalabad City (BNA) Seven members of Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have been killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province last night. The ISIS fighters have been targeted and killed by Afghan security forces in vicinity of Chaparhar and Haska Mena districts of the province. Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA correspondent, seven ISIS loyalists were killed during the conflicts. The insurgents were busy on organizing a series of terrorists and destructive activities that targeted and killed by Afghan security forces in relevant areas of Chaparhar and Haska Mena districts of the province. M.A.Ansari
Friday December 14, 2018 Jalalabad City (BNA) Two narcotic drug smugglers were arrested by Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province late yesterday. The smugglers were arrested while they wanted to transfer dozens kgs narcotic drug type of hashish in Jalalabad highway. The smugglers skillfully placed the packages of narcotic drug inside a truck, Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA reporter. In primary investigation the arrested smugglers confessed to several cases of narcotic drug’s trafficking. M.A.Ansari
Friday December 14, 2018 Tarinkot City (BNA) As many as 21 anti-government militias were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in southern Urozgan province. The clashes took place between Taliban and Afghan security forces in relevant areas of Dehrawoud, Chaharchino and Chenarto districts of the province. Senior commander of Afghan National Army in the south of the country told BNA correspondent, the terrorists have been targeted by Afghan security forces when they were busy on organizing a series of destructive activities in the mentioned districts, in which 21 armed oppositions have been killed. It has been said, a military hideout and three vehicles belonged to Taliban militants have been destroyed during the conflicts. M.A.Ansari
Friday December 14, 2018 Herat City (BNA) Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met in his office the Ambassador and Head of European Union Delegation Mr. Pierre Mayaudon, this afternoon. Ambassador Mayaudon paid this courtesy call to discuss new engagements in Afghanistan. The two sides discussed a range of issues, including areas the EU mission could engage in. Ambassador Mayaudon briefed the Deputy Foreign Minister on the new areas the EU is determined to engage in. Deputy Foreign Minister appreciating the engagements of the EU in Afghanistan welcomed the new areas of cooperation which includes peace, returning refugees, and reintegration of ex-combatants. The EU Ambassador reiterated the mission’s support of an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process. Both sides emphasized the need for closer cooperation between the ministry and the EU delegation. M.A.Ansari
Friday December 14, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan opened the Lapis Lazuli Transit, Trade and Transport corridor, a route that includes five other nations and will allow the country to connect with Europe and other parts of the world on Thursday. During the opening ceremony President Ghani in Herat province said, thanks to this new route, which begins at the port of Aqina in the north, Afghan products will be able to reach Europe and other regions more easily. Afghanistan is in favor of the connectivity policy and the opening of the belt is a milestone in this regard, President Ghani added. The Lapis Lazuli corridor connects Afghanistan through Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia with the Black Sea and, on the other hand through Turkey with the Mediterranean Sea and Europe. It is an axis to revive the ancient Silk Road, which focuses on the facilitation of customs operations and transactions of goods. The agreement for its creation was signed in October 2017, after more than three years of negotiations between Afghanistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The name 'Lapis Lazuli' derives from the historical route by which the lapis lazuli of Afghanistan and other semiprecious stones were exported, more than two centuries ago to the Caucasus, Russia, the Balkans, Europe and North Africa. M.A.Ansari
Friday December 14, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Ambassador of United Kingdom to Kabul, Sir Nicholas Kay, paid a farewell call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani, this morning. Ambassador Kay thanked Foreign Minister Rabbani for the cooperation of the ministry with the UK’s mission in Kabul, informing him that he will return to Afghanistan as the NATO civilian representative. The Afghan Foreign Minister appreciated the British Ambassador’s efforts in strengthening the bilateral ties between Afghanistan and UK, expressing hope to see him soon in Kabul as the NATO Civilian Representative. The two sides also briefly discussed areas of cooperation and issues of mutual interest. M.A.Ansari
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