23 November 2017

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The country’s Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, addressing the UN General Assembly on Monday said that his country would never allow its ties with one country to overshadow relationship with others.
He said that they had used every opportunity to make it clear through words and deeds that they will never allow Afghanistan relations with any single country or a group of countries to overshadow or adversely affect relations with other countries in the region or beyond.
“Afghanistan is to be seen as a strategic asset and a platform of cordiality for all,” Abdullah said. “We consider negative state rivalries and the use of violent proxy forces as counter-productive.
“There is no good or bad terrorist or violent extremist. We need to agree to fight all forms and shades of terror. We can and should no longer harbor or support one group while fighting another and claim to be fighting terrorism in all its dimensions,” he said.
Addressing to the General Assembly’s special meeting on Afghanistan, the CE said his country firmly believed a conditions-based approach and clear focus on resolving the problem of regional terrorist sanctuaries and support systems were core issues that would get it closer to peace and stability. “They also form the cornerstone of our new National Security Strategy to defeat terrorism, work with nations that share our threat perception, and protect our people against politicized violence,” he added.
He said, in the recent months, the Afghan security forces had effectively thwarted attempts by the Taliban, alongside the Haqqani network, as well as elements of A1-Qaida, Daesh and other terror groups from making notable gains, or capturing a major urban center.
“We are not dealing with one, but several terror outfits, that either mirror each other under different labels or indirectly support overlapping agendas,” he observed.
 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice-President, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh in a ceremony attended by some cabinet members, members of parliament, heads and deputy ministers of government institutions introduced Shah Zaman Maiwandi to the officials of the National Environment Admin and said that foundation of the national environment had been established but despite this is a nascent admin, his office said the other day. 
He said this was the responsibility of both the government and the people to do more for development of the administration of the national environment.
This is to be noted that several international conventions have so far been established by the United Nations and other international entities, with membership of Afghanistan and in 2015, environment protection had been recognized as one of the key part of the sustainable targets of the UN, the statement quoted.
Afghanistan has so far approved the law on national environment and two rules related to environment, said Danesh adding Afghanistan has considered environment protection within all its policies, laws and development programs, the statement added.
 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Dr. Nasir Ahmad Andisha, deputy to the admin and resource and acting foreign minister of the country met the other day with the 14 member delegation of the central admin of population, expected to visit Jeddah, a statement from the ministry said Tuesday.
According to the source, Hamayoun Muhtat would lead the delegation in their visiting Jeddah, under the resolution of a meeting held by the country’s Command in Chief, said the statement.
The delegation would discuss the identity of the Afghans based in the Saudi Arabia and to resolve their problems, said the statement.
 

Tuesday November 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) There is a need for serious fight on narcotics’ processing, production and trafficking, a phenomenon which is considered to be the main source of funding terrorist groups in the country, a statement from the presidential palace said on Monday.
The statement said that peace and stability would be difficult to achieve unless fight is done against criminal economy, adding the government has taken necessary measures to eliminate drug sources throughout the country.
For the first time, the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) backed by the U.S –led Resolute Support mission conducted special operations on Sunday night to eliminate the processing centers of drugs in the country, the statement added.  The operations are mostly expected to focus on some targets in Helmand province, mainly those processing centers located in Sangin, Musa Qala, Kajaki, and Nawzad districts.
Eight major drug processing centers were targeted and eliminated in a series of airstrikes conducted on Sunday night, the statement went on to say.
The campaign to counternarcotic is one of the government’s strategic goals, the statement continued.
Narcotics have negatively affected millions of lives and it is hoped the operations to be effective.
 

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