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Friday October 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani participated at a grand ceremony at the Ministry of Defense to celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and congratulated this auspicious day to the Islamic World, including the Muslim people of Afghanistan on Thursday. President Ghani termed the day historic, where two powerful strata of the country namely the Afghan Defense and Security forces as the guardians and esteemed Ulema as the guides of the country celebrate such a blessing day together. The president said, “Afghanistan Defense and Security forces are guardians of the Afghanistan Constitution, which is the world’s most Islamic constitution.” “As an Islamic country, governed by an Islamic government, we are honored that the construction process of over one thousand mosques across the country is being completed,” added the president. President Ashraf Ghani said what can be done through peace, cannot be done through war, calling the ongoing bloodshed in the country illegitimate. President Ghani referred to the unity between Hanafi and Ja’fari jurisprudences in the country and said at the time that the Islamic civilization was second to none, others were plunged in darkness, underlining that there is no link between the holy religion of Islam and terrorism. M.A.Ansari

Friday October 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, Mohammad Haneef Atmar attended the India – Central Asia Dialogue, held via video-conference, on Wednesday. In this meeting the foreign ministers of India, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic participated. The foreign ministers exchanged views on a wide range of issues, including economic, political, security, trade and transit, the importance of regional connectivity on security and prosperity, humanitarian and cultural affairs as well as on other regional and international issues. The Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan in his speech thanked the participating countries for their continued commitment and cooperation to Afghanistan for the past two decades as well as their support from the Afghanistan peace process. Mr. Atmar added that regional consensus is vital in preservation of the democratic achievements and peaceful settlement of violence and success of the peace talks in Afghanistan. The participating states renewed their commitment and support to the Afghanistan peace talks and the preservation of the achievements of the past 19 years in Afghanistan. The participants called this meeting an important platform to further strengthen cooperation between India and Central Asian countries, including Afghanistan. M.A.Ansari

Wednesday October 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar held a telephone call with the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, late on Tuesday.
At the outset, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his gratitude for the assistance and cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan with Afghanistan and Afghan refugees living in that country, especially in times of the spread of COVID.
Both sides then discussed possibilities of resolving visa issues and expanding consular capacity for Afghan citizens.
They spoke about the latest progress in the Afghan peace talks and joint cooperation between the two countries in this regard, especially the role that Pakistan can play in ensuring the resumption of talks by aiding with the removal of hurdles, reducing violence and ensuring a nationwide ceasefire.
The two sides exchanged views on strengthening regional consensus on peace talks.
The Pakistani Foreign Minister reiterated that the ongoing violence in Afghanistan can only end through intra-Afghan talks. He also expressed his country's full support for the Afghan peace process and the preservation of the achievements of the past 19 years.
In closing, both sides stressed the need to expand and strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.

Wednesday October 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Finance Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal met with the Ambassador of Italy to Kabul Mr. Vittorio Sandalli on Tuesday.
According to BNA report, the meeting was attended by, Mr. Giovanni Grandi- Head of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Afghanistan.
Initially, Mr. Ambassador reaffirmed Italy’s support for the Afghans and the government of Afghanistan and will continue and develop good relationships among two nations, during his mission as ambassador. Added; we are ready to renew our financial commitments in 2020 Development Conference on Afghanistan to help and stand with the Afghan people.
Head of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Afghanistan, said; As a partner of Finance Ministry, we will continue our cooperation with Afghanistan added; the 2020- Conference is important and vital for Afghanistan and Italy has the plan to use majority if its aids towards the Afghanistan National Budget. Strengthening the private sector, agriculture sector, Afghan women's empowerment, and regional connectivity are the elements which are important to Italy; Said Mr. Giovanni Grandi
Mr. Arghandiwal; welcomed and thank the Italy government and representatives for their considerable works done in various fields and different parts of Afghanistan. Government of Afghanistan especially the Finance Ministry is hoping to continue and expand the good cooperation between the two nations, during your mission as ambassador. We have a plan to strengthen the private sector, agriculture sector, Afghan women's empowerment, regional connectivity, and combat corruption; said Mr. Arghandiwal.
He has welcomed the adjustment of Italian Aid through the National Budget Document and the renewal of its financial commitments to the Geneva Conference and call it good news.

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