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Peace, national defense is our mission: Abdullah

Peace, national defense is our mission: Abdullah

Oct 30, 2017 - 18:46

KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah says terrorist attacks have increased in major cities and strengthening of intelligence capacity could help turn the tide.

Abdullah, who chaired a Cabinet meeting here, said terrorists groups had recently started targeting cities.

“Improving our spy agencies can help us more in this issue, the people must know if one incident takes place, we discover and stop several others from happening”, he said.

The CEO said the national unity government’s promise of maintaining peace was unbreakable and never meant they were unaware of defending the people.

Abdullah considered US Secretary Rex Tillerson’s visits to South Asia including Afghanistan as effective and said this winter the secretary would visit Afghanistan again to discuss mutual pledges.

“An efficient work has been done for that, teams from both the sides have constant activities for the mutual pledges.”

He said “promises made by the international community with Afghanistan are endless, that is why the US has not specified a timeline of stay in Afghanistan.

Abdullah said the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan would be based on the ground conditions. “We are responsible to make Afghanistan stand on its own feet, even without the existence of the international forces.”

“If we fail in our mission, an indefinite presence of foreign forces in the country is not what the Afghans would want; people know the need of their existence, this endeavor doesn’t only relate to military or security issues, but to efforts made by all of us”, he added.

Meanwhile, mentioning a report released by the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC), he said vulnerabilities existed in the Ministry of Education.

He said the committee had not only identified the weaknesses but had offered suggestions as well, which were discussed in the Human Resources High Council meeting yesterday.

Abdullah said the findings, instructions and suggestions made by the MEC were important and the Ministry of Education must make serious efforts to stop and eliminate corruption.

He also called illegal recruitment of teachers as another dilemma, assuring support to the Ministry of Education in introducing reforms.

The CEO said reports published about an organization must be studied carefully and solutions be offered to tackle challenges.

He added problems in an organization should be confessed and serious measures taken to bring reforms. He said it was the right of people to know the facts.