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No Fresh US-Taliban Talks: MoFA

No Fresh  US-Taliban Talks: MoFA

April 30, 2012

KABUL - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said there is no truth in a British media report that revealed the Taliban movement and the US government had resumed stalled peace talks.
On Saturday, without naming any officials, Britain's Channel Four reported that high-ranking Taliban leaders and US officials had ...

Taliban Deny Holding New Talks with US

Taliban Deny Holding New Talks with US

April 30, 2012

KABUL - Taliban on Sunday denied that they had resumed talks with the United States, while the Afghan government insisted that the peace process was "on track".
The Taliban, who last month broke off contacts with the US in Qatar, said they would not resume talks "until the Americans take constructive steps and fulfill promises which were agreed upon for ...

NSC Meeting Discusses Strategic Cooperation with Australia, Germany and Norway

NSC Meeting  Discusses Strategic  Cooperation with Australia, Germany and Norway

April 30, 2012

KABUL –The meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday, chaired by President Karzai was dedicated, among other issues, for talks on the draft agreements of strategic cooperation with Germany, Norway and Australia.
The meeting participated by senior government officials including the ...

‘Only Afghan Leadership can Resolve Afghanistan Issue’: Munter

‘Only Afghan Leadership can  Resolve Afghanistan Issue’: Munter

April 30, 2012

LAHORE - US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter on Saturday said that only Afghan leadership could resolve the Afghanistan issue and Pakistan and the United States could only give it a helping hand.
The ambassador was talking to media at the second annual dinner of the American Business Forum at Royal Palm Golf and Country ...

Next Presidential Election Schedule, As Per Constitution: IEC

Next Presidential  Election Schedule,  As Per Constitution: IEC

April 29, 2012

KABUL - The latest draft of the electoral law has overhauled the previous draft by more than 50 percent, head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Fazel Ahmad Mahnawi said Saturday.
Mahnawi said that major election challenges have been tackled with the latest amendments which had been called for by electoral law analysts, including the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA).
"The difference between the previous draft of the electoral law and the new one is 50 percent," he said at a press conference in Kabul.

"We've witnessed major challenges in previous elections but ...

Afghan, Pakistan, US Review Peace Efforts

Afghan, Pakistan,  US Review  Peace Efforts

April 29, 2012

KABUL - Top officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States held the sixth meeting of their trilateral Core Group on Friday in Islamabad.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Saturday said the meeting reviewed developments related to the Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process, and the continued role that Pakistan and US ...

Strategic Accord a Major Success: John Kerry

Strategic Accord  a Major Success: John Kerry

April 29, 2012

KABUL - US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, who met President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Place in Kabul, on Saturday said making the proposed strategic agreement ready to be signed by leaders of the two countries was a major success.
A statement issued from the Presidential Place quoted Kerry as ...

Govt. has No Commitment to Fight Terrorism: Ahmad Zia

Govt. has No  Commitment to Fight  Terrorism: Ahmad Zia

April 29, 2012

KABUL - Leader of the Afghan opposition party Afghanistan National Front (ANF) claimed Saturday that the Afghan government had no political commitment in fighting against terrorism, evidenced by discussion of forming a coalition with the Taliban.
Speaking in at the 20th anniversary of the Mujahidin victory day, head of the National Front Ahmad Zia Massoud said that the Afghan government ...

WJ Criticized for Not Celebrating Mujahedeen’s Day

WJ Criticized  for Not Celebrating Mujahedeen’s Day

April 29, 2012

KABUL - Several Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday strongly criticized the government for not "enthusiastically" celebrating the Mujahideen's Victory Day, saying the lukewarm response on the day was an insult to the values of jihad.
The day was commemorated in Kabul on Wednesday in a ceremony, attended ...

WB to Offer Afghanistan $1b for Next 3 Years: Official

WB to Offer  Afghanistan $1b for Next 3 Years: Official

Sunday April 29

KABUL - The World Bank (WB) would provide Afghanistan $1 billion in assistance under its new three-year policy, an official said on Saturday.
The new policy was announced by the bank's vice president for South Asia, Isabel M. Guerrero, who presided over a forum held on the sidelines of spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) ...

U.S., Pak, Afghanistan Consider Safe Passage for Taliban Militants

U.S., Pak, Afghanistan  Consider Safe Passage for Taliban Militants

April 28, 2012

ISLAMABAD - United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan said they would explore ways to arrange safe passage for Afghan Taliban militants who wish to engage in peace talks, officials from the three countries said on Friday.
While not yet making an iron-clad guarantee, officials told a news conference in Islamabad they would form a group of experts to consider the proposal.
"We need to be able to find them, those who are willing to talk wherever they are," Afghan deputy foreign minister Jawed Luddin

We Should Defend Afghanistan at Any Price: Karimi

We Should Defend Afghanistan at Any Price: Karimi

April 28, 2012

ABUL - Chief of Army Staff, General Sher Mohammad Karimi, called on his countrymen to be prepared to defend Afghanistan at any cost if peace negotiations do not bring the desired results.
Afghan security forces must be ready to fight against any threat in ...

Zakhilwal to Hold High-Powered Talks in US

Zakhilwal to  Hold High-Powered Talks in US

April 28, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal will hold high-level talks with his foreign counterparts in Washington to lay the groundwork for the forthcoming Chicago Summit and the Tokyo Conference.
He will be leading a delegation to Washington to attend the World ...

Pakistan Would Be Supportive of Any Political Solution for Peace in Afghanistan: Khar

Pakistan Would Be  Supportive of Any Political Solution for Peace in  Afghanistan: Khar

April 28, 2012

ISLAMABAD – Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin called on Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Friday. He was accompanied, among others, by Mr. Masoom Stanakzai, Head of High Peace Council Secretariat and Ambassador Umer Daudzai. Foreign Minister Khar was assisted by Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and ...

Russia against Artificial Afghan Exit Timetable

Russia against  Artificial Afghan  Exit Timetable

April 28, 2012

KABUL - Russia on Friday said it was against the artificial determination of any timetables for coalition forces' withdrawal from Afghanistan, asking the international community to boost the fighting ability of Afghan forces.
"Our fundamental position is that the foreign military presence ...

WB Commits to Sustained Engagement

WB Commits  to Sustained  Engagement

April 28, 2012

WASHINGTON - The World Bank's (WB) Board of Directors Thursday discussed its Interim Strategy Note (ISN) for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan which provides a sustained commitment and vision to the country's development through the period of transition and ...

Pak Greets Afghanistan on Revolution Day

Pak Greets  Afghanistan on  Revolution Day

April 28, 2012

KABUL – Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have sent greeting messages to President Hamid Karzai and the Afghan nation at the occasion of Afghanistan's Revolution Day falling on 27th April ...

Afghanistan Must Improve Governance: EU

Afghanistan Must  Improve Governance: EU

Thursday April 26

KABUL - The European Union said Afghanistan policy makers need to improve the nation's governance as it would be crucial denominator, when international community decides on future funding for the turmoil-plagued country.
In Brussels, Vyguadas Usackas, EU Special Representative and Head of Delegation, told the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament that Tokyo Conference in July, would largely focus on governance and development, before deciding their long-term commitment to Afghanistan.
"The Afghan government should take action before and after Tokyo ...

Afghanistan Seeks Indian Help in Water Infrastructure

Afghanistan Seeks  Indian Help in Water Infrastructure

Thursday April 26

NEW DEHLI - With long years of conflict reducing the area under irrigation, Afghanistan is looking for assistance from India and other "friendly countries" in building its water infrastructure and management, says visiting Energy and Water Minister Alhaj M. Ismail.
Ismail, who met Water Resources Minister Pawan Bansal during his ...

Bryce Promises Increased Assistance to Uruzgan

Bryce Promises Increased Assistance to Uruzgan

Thursday April 26

TIRINKOT - The visiting governor-general of Australia on Wednesday met with troops from her country in central Uruzgan province, promising improved assistance toward the province's education sector.
Quentin Bryce, accompanied by the Australian ambassador to Afghanistan, also called on the Governor Amir Mohammad Akhunzada at his office in ...

Afghan Electoral Law Needs Amendments: FEFA

Afghan Electoral Law  Needs Amendments: FEFA

Thursday April 26

KABUL - Afghanistan will face fresh challenges if its electoral law is not revised and reviewed by the Afghan parliament, the chief of Free and Fair Election Foundation for Afghanistan (FEFA) Jandad Spinghar said Tuesday.
Spinghar said at a press conference in Kabul that the Afghan electoral law is very basic and that major amendments are needed to clarify the ...

US, Pak, Afghan Hold Core Group Meeting

US, Pak, Afghan  Hold Core Group Meeting

Thursday April 26

ISLAMABAD - A high-level group of Afghan, Pakistani and American officials will meet on Thursday for the first time since September last year for talks on the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, including efforts to involve the Taliban in negotiations.
The work of the "Core Group" of the three countries was ...

Marshal Qasim Fahim, First Vice President: Fade UP with this Type of Government

Marshal Qasim Fahim, First Vice President: Fade UP with this Type of Government

April 25, 2012

Speaking to a gathering on the occasion of the introduction of Salahuddin Rabbabni as the new chief for the High Peace Council on Tuesday, Afghan First Vice President, Fahim Qasim, commented on the efforts at peace in the country, saying that demands from the different political parties were threatening the future peace and security of Afghanistan.
He said with each political party prescribing a solution for Afghanistan, they have failed to address the most important things which should come first like "hospitals and hospital ...

US, Afghan Officials Studying Long-Term Agreement: Panetta

US, Afghan  Officials Studying Long-Term  Agreement: Panetta

April 25, 2012

ASHINGTON - Officials from the US and Afghanistan are studying a "tentative" agreement on a strategic partnership between the two nations post 2014, the White House and Defense Department said Tuesday, confirming that the agreement "finalized" on Sunday was by no means final.
"For the United States, that will mean review by the ...

Rabbani Calls on Insurgents to Renounce Violence

Rabbani Calls  on Insurgents to  Renounce Violence

April 25, 2012

KABUL - The new head of Afghanistan's High Peace Council called on insurgent groups to renounce violence at his inauguration ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday.
Salahuddin Rabbani was officially installed as chairman of the council, which has had no chief since the assassination of its former leader and Salahuddin's father, Burhanuddin Rabbani, in September last ...

Kabul Should Lead Anti-Corruption Efforts: Ludin

Kabul  Should Lead  Anti-Corruption Efforts: Ludin

April 25, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's government will push at an upcoming conference of donor countries in Chicago for Afghans to have more control over aid and security assistance spending, with a top diplomat saying Kabul should also spearhead anti-corruption efforts.
The intense focus of other countries on graft in his country in ...

NATO to Withdraw, EU to Stay

NATO to Withdraw, EU to Stay

April 25, 2012

KABUL - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged more spending for security from the EU nations and denied the Alliance's involvement in CIA's secret prisons in Europe. Rasmussen has spoken on 23 April to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and answered questions on the 2011 operations in Libya, situation in ...

Gov. Atta Renews Opposition to US Bases

Gov. Atta Renews  Opposition to US Bases

April 25, 2012

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - The governor of northern Balkh province on Tuesday renewed his opposition to the establishment of the proposed US military bases in Afghanistan.
However, a number of provincial councils' members from several provinces defended the bases as the need of the ...

FM Condemns US CODEL Statement

FM Condemns US CODEL Statement

April 24, 2012

KABUL - Any proposal from outside parties about changes in the present form of government in Afghanistan tantamount to interference in the country's internal affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.
The condemnation comes a day after a group of US Congressmen and leaders of the Afghanistan National Front (ANF) suggested that parliamentary system was a good alternative to the present presidential system to resolve the ongoing political crises.
After their meetings, the front leader, Ahmad Zia Massoud, told a joint press conference in Kabul ...

Military Force Does Not Contradict Political Solution in Afghanistan: Rasmussen

Military Force Does Not Contradict Political Solution in Afghanistan: Rasmussen

April 24, 2012

KABUL - NATOs chief said he supports talks with the Taliban, but said that it was equally important to apply military pressure to the insurgent group.
In an exclusive interview with TOLOnews, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen also did not rule out the alliance returning to ...

MTN Provides Medical Treatment to 900 patients

MTN Provides Medical Treatment to 900 patients

April 24, 2012

KABUL - MTN mobile clinic visited different areas in Kabul city and treated around 900 patients for free. The people appreciated this humane act of MTN Foundation and asked for the Continues visits mobile clinic to the areas where people are poor ...

US Monetary Aid not Clarified in Accord: Spanta

US Monetary Aid not Clarified in Accord: Spanta

April 24, 2012

KABUL - The security advisor to the president on Monday said, the monetary assistance from the US government to Afghanistan was not clarified and the two governments could extend and cancel the decade-long agreement.
Speaking at Monday's session of Wolesi Jirga, RanginDadfarSpanta, said US military bases in Afghanistan was not mentioned in the draft of ...

US to Support Govt. Chosen by Afghans: Crocker

US to Support Govt. Chosen by Afghans: Crocker

April 24, 2012

KANDAHAR CITY - US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker said on Monday his country would support any government system backed by the Afghan people.
A visiting group of US Congressmen and leaders of the Afghanistan National Front (ANF) on Sunday suggested a parliamentary model as a suitable alternative to the present presidential ...

AISA asks World to Finance ANSF

AISA asks World to  Finance ANSF

April 24, 2012

KABUL - If the international community fails to fund Afghan National Security Forces after 2014, as sought by the Afghan government, mega development projects in the country could face financial problems, the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) cautioned on Monday.
According to the Ministry of Finance, the government plans to ask the ...

Afghan-US Strategic Deal Finalized: Faizi

Afghan-US Strategic Deal  Finalized: Faizi

April 23, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan and the US on Sunday finalized the contents of the much-talked strategic partnership deal that allows a specific number of US troops to stay in the war-torn country after 2014, when most foreign troops are scheduled to leave, an official said.
President Hamid Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi told Pajhwok Afghan News that although the deal was finalized, foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul and national security advisor, Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, were to brief both houses of Parliament on the contents on Monday.
After approved by the Parliament, the agreement would be sent to ...