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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh, who attended an international conference on Afghan refugees in Pakistan, has met with a number of Afghan migrants and traders in the neighboring country, a statement from the VP press office told The Kabul Times daily yesterday.
The representatives of Afghan refugees and traders briefed the VP on their problems, asking him to address their issue, including issuing of visa for Afghan students, extension of residents permission to refugees, operation of Afghan schools in Pakistan, application of increasing taxation on traders by the Pakistani government and improving the bilateral trade ties.
While thanking Pakistan for hosting Afghan migrant despite of their economic difficulties, the second VP called on the immigrants to be grateful to them along with their migration problems.
“Three ominous phenomena of war, migration and poverty have shadowed our l collective lives, but we hope that with the new developments in the country's peace process and the reduction of violence, could see these three phenomena eradicated and our migrants return back home and continue living a dignified life,” VP Danesh added, as quoted in the statement.
The vice president also said that the economic capital and knowledge of migrants was important for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, adding that the Afghan government was working to provide the necessary facilities to solve the problems of Afghan migrants.
Citing the problems of the Afghan people and government and the pressure that the opposition was putting on the Afghan government, the second VP said will work to resolve the problems of migrants through the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Refugees and Repatriates, Education, Higher Education and Commerce. “Our migrated compatriots have a serious role to play in solving their country's problems.”

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:21

Dr. Abdullah, Wilsons Discuss Peace Process

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with the US embassy Chargé d’ Affaires Ross Wilson at the Sapidar Palace yesterday morning, a statement said.
Both sides discussed peace process and the presidential election, the statement from the CE Press Office said.
During the meeting, Dr. Abdullah stressed on transparency while addressing the electoral complaints, the statement added.
According to another report, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also discussed peace process and presidential election during a meeting with NATO civilian representative to Afghanistan Nicolas Kay on Monday.
Briefing the Chief Executive on NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels and their discussions on Afghanistan, the envoy said his organization was committed to support the Afghan National Defense and Security forces, the statement from the CE Press office added.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing a press conference on President Ghani's recent trip to the Munich Security Conference at the Government Media and Information Center on Tuesday, President’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi, said that the US-Taliban peace deal is conditional and will be "finalized next week."
“Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, and Mark Esper, US Secretary of Defense, in a meeting with President Ghani told him that none of the peace agreement article is 'without conditions,'” Sediqqi said.
The peace deal between the US and Taliban will be “finalized” next week, the spokesman said, adding that “peace is a priority for the government and the president, and our peace will be national--not on one side.”
The Afghan Government, as a genuine representative of the Afghan people, has welcomed the recent developments in the peace process, takes the risks and concerns in this area seriously and will act cautiously, Sediqqi added.
The demand of the government of Afghanistan was a ceasefire, but agreements have been made over a major reduction in violence, Sediqqi said, adding that ‘we hope that this opportunity brings peace.’ He said that the Afghan forces are working to coordinate with US forces over reduction in violence.
“Yesterday’s (Monday) meeting at the presidential palace was also about this with the security forces commanders,” he said, adding: “Serious work is ongoing over reduction in violence, and we cannot share all the details with you now.”
The government of Afghanistan assures the people that “we will not be setback” and “will put all of our efforts into keeping the recent achievements,” Sediqqi said.
“When the government delegation enters negotiations with the Taliban, they will enter with clear instructions. The delegation team will represent all the nation...in the peace talks with Taliban,” according to Sediqqi.
“Our delegation--to sit with the Taliban--has always consulted with all sides, and the government's principle is political and national consensus,” Sediqqi said, adding: “As you know the situation is now changed,” referring to US-Taliban peace developments. 
“We will see the Taliban's will this time; it’s an opportunity for them to show that they want peace,” he concluded as saying.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing a second consultative meeting with military officials and commanders on a potential peace deal on Monday evening, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani praised Afghan forces braveries in war on terror, saying their stance denied enemies to reach their vicious goals.
“The nation is proud of you. You are defenders of the constitution because you support national unity and Afghanistan’s sovereignty,” the president said, as quoted by the presidential press office statement. He also said that national and international support exited for them.
President Ghani says the withdrawal of about 4,000 American troops would not affect the situation of Afghanistan. He added NATO countries, as indeed the international community, were committed to support Afghan security forces as their main partners.
“Our stance on ending the war has provided an opportunity for the Taliban to agree to violence reduction. Now there is an opportunity for negotiations and an end to the war in the country,” the president said, according to the statement.
The president went on saying that he was using the available opportunity to end the conflict, however he said it was up to the Taliban whether they are ready to seize the opportunity or not.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with provincial governors on Monday evening at the presidential palace to begin consultations on peace and its potential risks and opportunities, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday.
According to the statement, President Ghani spoke of opportunities for peace and briefed the governors of his recent trip to Germany, where he attended the Munich Security Conference and meetings with several international leaders.
President Ghani emphasized on strengthening the democratic system, saying the Afghanistan’s civil institutions had the capacity to provide better services to the people. He asked the governors to step up coordination with a cross section of society, especially religious scholars, women and youth, on strengthening national security and defense forces.
The president said peace was the demand of all people and it meant a complete end to violence. “We have peace parleys inclusive. Peace is not confined to one zone or community,” he remarked.
The president underlined the effectiveness, and capability of the negotiating team for intra-Afghan talks, saying the government would determine its power.
The Afghan government owned and led the peace effort, the president insisted, reiterating that an end to the war had been a major public demand. He assured the negotiating team would keep in mind people’s fundamental rights during the intra-Afghan dialogue.
Representing eastern, northern, northeastern, western, southern, southeastern, capital Kabul and the central zone of the country, governor of Nangarhar, Faryab, Takhar, Herat, Kandahar, Paktia, Kabul and Bamyan provinces voiced their concerns and views about a potential peace agreement.
The participants opined the negotiating team should be small, inclusive and committed to national interests. They insisted government should lead intra-Afghan talks.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:12

14 People Arrested on Suspicion of Crimes

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Mehtarlam (BNA) Fourteen people have been detained on suspicion of criminal crimes in Lachman.
Police of Laghman said that the people have been arrested in clearing operations from parts of Mehtarlam and several districts of Lachman.
Police official of Laghman told BNA, in confessional investigations, the detainees confessed to dozens of crimes such as rubbery, murder drug trafficking.
He said, he has stepped up his fight against criminal gangs to ensure the safety of Laghman citizens.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Kunduz (BNA) A child was martyred and nine civilians including children and women were injured while Taliban fired a mortar shell on a residential house in Kunduz yesterday.
Anamuddin Rahmani spokesman for Kunduz security directorate told BNA, a mortar shell was fired by Taliban on a residential house in Takhariha village, which caused martyring of a child.
Five children, three women were injured in the event, he added.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:10

Taliban Insurgents Join Peace Process

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Herat (BNA) Ten Taliban insurgents were joined security forces in Herat yesterday.
Abdul Ghafar Nooristani press in charge of Khas operation army corps told BNA, ten Taliban including Mullah Burhan leader of this group were given up violence in Chasht Sharif district and joined security and defense forces.
In the past few weeks, hundreds of armed Taliban have joined the government in Herat and Ghor provinces.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development completes the construction work of eleven schools in Badghis yesterday.
Feraidon Azhand spokesman for rural rehabilitation and development told BNA correspondent, the schools have been constructed in Qads, Moqor, Jawan and Abkamari districts, through national citizenship program of the ministry.
Each of these schools have classrooms and other educational facilities.
By building these schools, 2500 boys and girls will get education, he added.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:01

Armed Terrorists Detained in East of Country

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Asadabad (BNA) Six armed terrorists were arrested by security troops in east of the country.
The terrorists have been arrested during clashes by security troops and a series of raids from parts of Kunar, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces.
Selab army corps in east of the country with releasing a statement said the detainees were members of Taliban and ISIS terrorist groups.
The detainees in first investigation acknowledged to dozens of terrorist attacks in east of the country.
T. Yarzada

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