Meeting of the Council Of Ministers Was Held


The meeting of the Council of Ministers was chaired by His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, at Sepidar Palace.

The Council of Ministers this week focused on security issues, the National Seedling Planting Plan, a plan to reduce traffic congestion in Kabul, assess the state of the Oil and Gas Department, distribute housing land plots and apartment buildings for the heirs of Demining Martyrs, strengthen Addiction treatment centers.

In the outset, Chief Executive Abdullah said: “dignified peace is the long-term aspiration of the people of Afghanistan and we support every practical step towards achieving it." he further added, "We deem the implementation of the plan to reduce violence before the talks as a positive step.”

Referring to Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad's recent visit to Kabul, the Chief Executive stressed that: “We have no preconditions for the start of the talks, but that does not mean we should not have preconditions during the talks. The preconditions will be put forward by the majority of Afghan people during the negotiations.”

Chief Executive Abdullah added that any pre-negotiation precondition is an excuse and causes delays to the peace process.

The Chief Executive called on the Independent Election Complaints Commission to act by the law and procedures of the commission. He added that the national unity government will continue to rule until the final results of the Afghan presidential election are accepted by the Afghan people.

Concerning the protests of Ghor residents, the Chief Executive said: “the protests are legitimate, reasonable and lawful. The security and humanitarian situation in Ghor province call for action. Attempts are made to take steps according to the Board's report.”

Chief Executive Abdullah condemning the incident of the stoning of a woman in Ghor province called it as heinous and tasked the security and judicial authorities to pursue the matter seriously.

Subsequently, the Ministry of Interior and National Defense reported on recent security developments in the country. In recent days, 20 joint operations, 17 commando operations and 63 airstrikes have been carried out over enemy strongholds. Enemy casualties reach 256 persons.

The Ministry of Defense announced security preparations for the spring season. The Ministry of Interior Affairs said that work on the Kabul Security Umbrella Project is underway with the co-operation of local people.

The Ministry of Interior reported on the collection of addicts, providing security and strengthening of their medical centers and settling the lack of staff. Based on this, 1230 people received the necessary training this year and were recruited in treatment centers. There are currently two treatment centers in Kabul. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has called for the creation of four more centers with larger capacity in Kabul.

The Council of Ministers decided to hold the meeting of the Commission on Narcotics next week. The Ministries of Interior, Public Health, Finance, and Labor and Social Affairs will also work together on how to establish treatment centers for addicts and improve their situation.

The Ministry of Economy presented the Education’s commission report on the publication, transfer, and distribution of books of the Ministry of Education. The results of the Commission's investigations showed that the procurement process of the contracts has delayed the works.

USAID has pledged to cover the cost of 37 million volumes of books. The Ministry of Education said it needs funding to publish Islamic books. The Ministry of Finance pledged to allocate another 400 million Afghanis to the Ministry of Education if problems arise.

The Council of Ministers emphasized expediting contracts for the printing, transfer, and distribution of educational books.

According to the decision of the Council of Ministers, the necessary preparation for the distribution of housing land and vacant apartments has been made to the heirs of the demining martyrs. The ministry has 15 apartments in the second phase of the Tahiyai Maskan district and 5700 housing land pieces in Shahrak-e-Pirozi Town, but a procedure must be developed to distribute it.

The Chief Executive instructed the Council of Ministers to follow up with the Ministry of Urban Development and Land (MUDL) to investigate the issue of land distribution to the Martyrs of demining.

The Kabul Municipality put forward a plan to reduce traffic congestion. In this plan, traffic congestion factors, challenges, and solutions were outlined.

The Chief Executive assigned Kabul Municipality and the Ministries of Interior and Transport to work on a practical plan and the creation of a joint and sustainable commission to address urban transport and infrastructure problems.

The National Environmental Protection Agency presented details of the national plan for plantation of seedlings in the New Year. The country's Chief Executive said the seedling planting campaign should not be limited to a few days. Sustainable work must be done to preserve and care for the plantlets.

Independent Directorate of Local Governance reported on social and economic progress in the Panjshir and Jawzjan provinces. This year's plan for both provinces was set up in 9 sectors, according to which 22 out of 72 activities in Panjshir province and 27 out of 80 in Jawzjan province are completed or under implementation.

In the end, the High Board of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority reported on the going of the Authority and the problems it encounters, saying that the Authority of Oil and Gas is newly established and that it has not been adequately repaired, budgeted and staffed.

The Council of Ministers decided to convene the Ministries of Mines and Petroleum, Finance, Economy, the Administrative Office of the President, the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission and the Council of Ministers to address the problems of the High Board of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority.