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Afghan Nation Trusts in Future, Says President

Afghan Nation Trusts in Future, Says President

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said two to five million foreign tourists would visit Afghanistan each year once violence was eradicated from in the country.
Talking to a scientific and research seminar ‘challenges of terrorism to tourism’ at the Presidential Palace, Ghani said domestic tourism was one of forgotten points in the country.
“Internal tourism is not only relating to traveling, but it is the point of national unity as any part of the country belongs to all Afghans,” he said, adding the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education should provide facilities for students to know about historic and cultural heritages of the country.
Ghani said tourism was a major source of income, business development and good relations between nations and Afghanistan had a huge importance due to its historic, cultural and natural attractions.
As in the past, Afghanistan in future would also have the role of a center of transportation and connection, he said.
However, pointing to threats posed by terrorism to the tourism, the president said, terror was not letting Afghans live in peace but the Afghans were those who did not live in the past because they believed in future.
“Our morale can be measured from thinking about our strong future while mourning deaths, today’s seminar shows the Afghan nation trusts in future and will make their future themselves,” he said.
Ghani believed Afghanistan would attract two to five million foreign tourists every year after eradication of terrorism in the country. “One of the main standards of relations between cultures and civilizations is commerce and Afghanistan has a rich history in this area”, he added.
The president said natural resources of the country remained untouched and asked the participants of the seminar to present their plans for proper usage of natural assets.
The country’s natural resources were a major asset of the country and should be protected and categorized, he said.
“If these assets are not protected, our future generations will blame us, so we need your suggestions in this seminar about how many natural parks are needed in Afghanistan and who should manage them,” Ghani told the audience.
Ghani said the Afghan government had reached an agreement with an archeology delegation of French for making a national map of the country’s historic sites.
Acting information and culture minister Mohammad Rassoul Bawari said that Afghanistan was a country with high tourist attractions due to its natural beauty, culture, historic sites and others. However, he said: “Unfortunately terrorism has taken away tourism from us.”
The two-day seminar is organized by the Ministry of Information and Culture in the Presidential Palace to discuss tourism and solutions to challenges facing the industry. (Pajhwok)