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New Cabinet Appointments are Top Priority: Arg

Cabinet appointments a top priority

KABUL – The Presidential Palace (Arg) on Monday said that the appointment of the new cabinet is a priority for the government and that names will be sent to the parliament for approval in the near future–a cabinet that has been apportioned between the two political leaders President Ashraf Ghani …

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Ghani, Pompeo Discuss Afghan Peace Process

Ghani, Pompeo Discuss Afghan peace

KABUL – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani spoke with US Secretary of States Mike Pompeo via video conferencing on Monday and discussed the Afghan peace process, the presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said. According to Sediqqi’s statement, in the video conference, they also discussed the next steps towards negotiation, including the release …

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EU Statement on Afghanistan Welcomed by Afghan Govt

EU Statement welcomed by Afghan govt

KABUL – The Afghan government on Friday welcomed the statement issued about Afghanistan by the Council of the European Union (EU) in which the bloc reaffirmed its political commitment to Afghanistan for peace, security and self-reliance. “The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomes a recent decision by the …

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Afghan Leaders Condole the Deaths in PIA Plane Crash

Afghan leaders condole the deaths in PIA plane crash

KABUL – The Afghan leaders condoled the deaths of more than 90 people after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed in Karachi city of Pakistan. “Afghans stand in solidarity with the people & government of Pakistan at this moment of grief. I was saddened to hear about PIA plane …

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Feature: Political Agreement Between Ghani and Abdullah

Political Agreement between Ghani and Abdullah

After three months of political strife, the two “sworn presidents” of Afghanistan – Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah – finally made peace on May 17, under a political agreement. This agreement was really vital for Afghanistan, as the country had once again reached a political impasse due to the failure …

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Khalilzad Discusses Peace Plans with Ghani and Abdullah

Khalilzad discusses peace plans with Ghani and Abdullah

KABUL – The US envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah after meeting the deputy political chief of Taliban in Qatar. “Met with President @AshrafGhani and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation @DrabdullahCE together and separately today in Kabul. I …

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$1 Billion Afghan Security Fund not Cut by US: Reuters

$1 billion Afghan security fund not cut by US, Reuters

KABUL – The US Defense Department has not withheld $1 billion in funding from Afghan security forces despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s vow on March 23 to cut that sum “immediately,” Reuters quoted five sources familiar with the matter in a report. The Pentagon has been reluctant to shave …

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Pakistan Welcomes Ghani and Abdullah’s Political Deal

Pakistan welcomes the political deal between Abdullah and Ghani

KABUL – Pakistan welcomed the signing of a political agreement between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah in a bid to the end political impasse. “Pakistan welcomes the signing of the agreement between political leaders in Kabul today regarding formation of inclusive government and High Council of National Reconciliation,” Pakistan’s Foreign …

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Ghani, Abdullah Should Not Repeat NUG Mistakes: Khalilzad

Ghani, Abdullah should not repeat NUG mistakes, Khalilzad

KABUL – President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the chief of High Council for National Reconciliation, should not repeat mistakes in governing that existed under the National Unity Government (NUG), US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on Sunday. Khalilzad said that the US is prepared to partner with the new …

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