Chief Executive: Arbitrary and Unilateral Actions Undermine Political Stability

 

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah chaired the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Monday 20th January, at Sapedar Palace in Kabul.

In his opening remarks, Chief Executive Abdullah said that the National Unity Government is based on a political agreement and that it is valid until the final and legal announcement of the results of the presidential election.

Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah added that "our efforts have always been to maintain political stability in the country, but unilateral and arbitrary actions undermine existing stability and are not in the interest of the people of the country."

CE Abdullah added that every Afghan aspires for peace in the country and that the Chief Executive also supports it, reiterating that the effort is not limited to one individual or one ministry, and that all the people have the right to participate in peace talks.

Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah said: “remarks on to as all the activities be centered on one person or one ministry are inaccurate and unacceptable; a ministry alone cannot conduct peace talks”. He added that the negotiating team must be comprehensive and represent all people.

The Chief Executive of the Afghanistan, appreciating the leadership of the ministries, emphasized that the political situation and arbitrary actions of authorities should not influence their decisions and the process of serving the people.

The Chief Executive also called yesterday's criminal incident, in the seventh district of Kabul, a heinous and unforgivable crime and called on the security authorities to identify and bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.

Meantime, Security officials reported on the country's security situation. The Ministry of Defense said 144 armed opposition fighters were killed as a result of operations by security forces across the country.

Threats are high in a number of provinces, and security forces will continue operations in the winter, according to the report.

The Minister of Interior Affairs reported on criminal crimes in Kabul and said measures are in place that will reduce crime in the capital.

Interior Minister Andrabi said that as a result of preliminary investigations, we have reached a clue as to the tragic incident of the murder of members of a family in Kabul. He assured that the perpetrators of the incident would be identified and prosecuted.

Further, Vice Chief Executive of Afghanistan Haji Muhammad Mohaqiq expressed concerns over the security situation in the north of the country and said that the leadership of the security forces should pay more attention to the provinces of Balkh, Sar-e-Pul and Samangan.

The Interior Minister said that operations are currently underway in Balkh province, promising the continuation of the operations until the complete elimination of the terrorists in Balkh.

According to the meeting’s agenda, the Interior Minister reported on a security plan for the Khawaf-Herat security project. According to the report, the investigations of the task force have been completed and the necessary planning has been taken to secure the aforementioned area.

Then, the Ministry of Energy and Water reported on the problem of drinking water in the city of Firouzi.

Independent Directorate of Local Governance also reported on the expansion of the Citizens’ Charter National Priority Program (CCNPP) in cities. According to the report, the implementation of the project is currently envisaged in 10 cities and will be funded by the European Union.

Afghanistan National Standards Authority presented a report on how to control the quality of Petroleum and liquid natural gas in the country's borders.

The agency outlined the challenges in controlling the quality of petroleum products, and said removing the challenges requires the cooperation of other ministries and institutions. Members of the Council of Ministers presented their suggestions and views on problem solving and improving the quality of petroleum products. The Chief Executive instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to address the challenges.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry provided information on the rise in the price of liquid natural gas in the country. The heavy snowfalls and protests of a number of companies in the west of the country are factors in rising gas prices. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce said it is launching plans that will reduce natural liquid gas prices.

According to the meeting’s agenda, the National Environmental Protection Agency reported on the state of air pollution in Kabul.

The agency announced the approval of the five-year environmental plan and said: "50 cases of air pollution factors have been identified and necessary action has been taken."

The National Environmental Protection Agency said it is working with security agencies to monitor the air pollution factors in Kabul and that the air quality index has improved in recent days.

According to Ajenda, the Ministry of Economy reported on development projects for the year 1398 AH. According to the report, 672 development projects have been undertaken this year, of which 68 have been completed and 464 are in progress.

Subsequently, the Chief Executive directed the Ministry of Culture and Information, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and the Culture and Art Committee of the Council of Ministers to work with the Bakhtar Agency on land provision.