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Loya Jirga began with the opening remarks of President Karzai

Wed Nov 16, 3:10 pm

The traditional Loya Jirga began today before noon with the opening remarks of President Karzai.

Mr. Karzai said in his speech that the strategic alliance with America and how to compromise with the oppositions will be discussed in Loya Jirga.

The president also pointed to the achievements of his government since last ten years and also told about their shortcomings and the failures. During this period, Afghanistan had good achievements in the sectors of Education, health, Economy and freedom of speech but in the fields of security and the fight against terrorism they have not achieved their goal, he added.

The Jirga has held to discuss our future planning and Afghanistan’s positions among the other countries, President Karzai added.

“Such relations should be created with the world that should ensure the stability in Afghanistan”, he added.

He said that signing strategic agreement with US would favor Afghan interest and with the acceptance of our conditions, we will sign it.

Prevention of search operations by foreign forces, end of operations at night, elimination of parallel administrations with the Afghan government, transfer of prison responsibilities to the Afghan government and the consolidation of national sovereignty are among the our conditions in the strategic alliance with US.

President Karzai added that in the traditional Loya Jirga, on how to advance the peace process, will be discussed.

The traditional Loya Jirga will continue for four days and delegates are divided into 40 committees.

Sibghatulah Mujaddedi has been assigned to chair the Loya Jirga and Nematullah Sherani and Arif Noorzai are appointed as deputies.

Muhammad Alam Izidyar deputy chairman senate and Safia Siddequi are introduced as secretaries.

Further details will be provided as soon as possible.

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