Nawroz function venue shifted to Presidential Palace
KABUL (Pajhwok): The venue for Nawroz celebrations has been changed from the hilly town of Paghman, northwest of Kabul, to the Presidential Palace, a government official announced on Saturday.
President Karzai last week visited the previous venue in Paghman and found that construction work had not finished yet, a reason that led to the change, his chief spokesman Aimal Faizi told Pajhwok Afghan News .
He said the Presidential Palace had enough space to accommodate guests attending the Persian New Year celebrations, scheduled to formally begin on Thursday.
Foreign delegates would arrive a day earlier (Wednesday) to have time for bilateral and trilateral meetings, said Faizi, who rejected the impression that the venue change was driven by security concerns.
Guests and high-ranking officials from Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Iraq have been invited to Nawroz celebrations.
The government last month tasked a committee, headed by Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak, with completing preparations for the event in Paghman. A month ago, Information and Culture Ministry officials said preparations in Paghman would be complete in 15 days.
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