Regular Meeting of the Council of Ministers

The regular meeting of the Council of Ministers was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

In his preliminary remarks, the Chief Executive wished the new Cabinet Ministers success and thanked the Parliament for giving vote of confidence to the nominee ministers.

Stating that MPs gave vote of confidence to the new cabinet members by understanding the situation, Dr. Abdullah said that cooperation among the executive, legislature and the judiciary, regarding the independence of the three powers could be a solution for many problems.

Referring to the security situation of the country, the Chief Executive urged security agencies to urgently address the situation in provinces of Nangarhar, Faryab, Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul. Dr. Abdullah said that hundreds of families in Khogyani district of Nangarhar are displaced and are in need of assistance, adding that the people of Khogyani and Shinwari have offered many victims in confronting ISIS and it is required that responsible institutions address their demands.

Then, the Chief Executive expressed satisfaction with the arrest of the suspects of the tragic incident in the 15th city district of Kabul and directed the security officials to deal firmly and legally with the perpetrators of this shocking crime.

The Chief Executive congratulated the people of Badghis on the construction of Qaisar-Laman road, adding that during the meeting with Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister, he expressed his country’s willingness to supply electricity to Badghis, Jawzjan and Herat provinces at the lowest price.

Pointing to the divisive remarks of some political figures in the country, Dr. Abdullah said that today the unity of the people, who are demanding peace, is very important; but unfortunately, severe conditions have been posed on them.

The Chief Executive added: "Raising schismatic issues is harmful and damages safety of the country. No-one will achieve his/her aims by raising ethnic issues and provoking a province against the others.”

Dr. Abdullah added that the country's politicians should understand the importance of their religious and national responsibility in this regard. All people desire peace and need service delivery. We are all responsible for creating an atmosphere in which advance the work by ensuring social justice and the rule the law.

The Chief Executive emphasized that provoking citizens based on ethnicity and the province will increase the anxiety and concern of the people. But fortunately, today, people understand well their good and interest and they have responded to this sort of distractors at different times.

The Chief Executive expressed his gratitude to the media’s coverage for the Campaign of Elimination Violence against Women.

Then, officials from the Ministries of National Defense and the Interior Affairs reported on the security situation of the country.

National Defense Minister said that in recent days, as a result of the security forces’ operations, heavy casualties have been inflicted on the enemy, and operations are currently underway in various parts of the country. According to the Minister of Defense, defensive lines have also been strengthened in vulnerable areas.

The Deputy Interior Minister also reported on police achievements.

Dr. Abdullah assigned a delegation to address the needs and problems of displaced people in Khogyani district.

The Chief Executive directed the secretariats of the Council of Ministers, the National Bureau for Disaster Management and the Ministry of Agriculture to send a delegation to immediately provide assistance to the displaced people in Khogyani district and to report on their performance.

Dr. Abdullah directed security officials to pay more attention to security of provinces of Faryab, Sar-i-Pul and Jawzjan.

The Chief Executive also directed the Ministry of Interior Affairs and the National Defense to ensure security of the gas transmission project in Jawzjan as well as Amu River’s fortifications project.

The Chief Executive said Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister, in his recent visit to Kabul, committed to helping Afghanistan on construction of Amu River’s fortifications.

Dr. Abdullah thanked the General Directorate of National Security for the arrest of dangerous abductors and said that the arrest of robbers and abductors would help ensure security and reduce criminal offenses.

According to the agenda of the Council of Ministers, the mayor of Kabul reported on the functions, programs and ahead plans of the municipality.

Kabul Mayor spoke of extensive reforms in the municipality and announced the launch of critical infrastructure projects in the capital.

According to the municipality’s report and based on the plans, for the first time, the metro bus would be active in Kabul in the following year. The first phase of the metro bus would begin from Saray-e-Shomali to Deh Afghanan, the second phase would begin from Deh Afghanan to Kote Sangi and the third phase would extend to Karte Naw.

According to this report, the municipality would soon begin construction of standard metro stations.

The report also included municipality plans for green areas, cleaning, service delivery, park and road construction.

Dr. Abdullah directed the municipality to consider building water absorption wells in roads designing.

About park maintenance, the Chief Executive said that public attention should be taken into account and people should be aware of it.

Referring to heavy traffic in Kabul, the Chief Executive said the municipality should take the appropriate time for road masonry and road construction to prevent people’s teasing and bothering as well as avoiding traffic jams in the roads.

In the other part, the Chief Executive directed the Ministries of Economy, Communication and Information Technology and the Municipality of Kabul to hold a meeting on urban infrastructure, taking into account telecommunication lines and etc.

According to the agenda, the head of Breshna Company (Afghanistan’s Electricity Company) reported on the transfer of electricity line to the southern provinces.

Based on Breshna report, past problems remained in place and there has been no progress.

Dr. Abdullah directed that a meeting be held under the chairmanship of the First Deputy to the Chief Executive to look for the reasons of the delay and to seek the solutions, and to share the result with him.