Afghanistan at center of world’s attention: Ghani
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Citizen Charter National Program at the Presidential Palace, Ghani said the Afghan people and the international community would renew their contact at Brussels Conference taking place next month.
Two years ago, people did not expect the international community to remain interested in Afghanistan, but today the country is at the center of its attention, he said.
After the Brussels Conference, the government’s main focus would be on refugees, he added.
Ghani said corruption in Afghanistan was a great shame for the country but the national unity government had made efforts to convince the international community that the government had decisive plans to curb the menace.
He said the Citizen Charter program offering fundamental services to villages, towns and cities in all provinces of the country was part of the government’s struggle for development.
“The the government’s foreign policy has played a vital role in the survival of Afghanistan in the past two years, taking out the country of isolation at it was important, Afghanistan is not depended to a single port but it has access to several ports,” Ghani said.
“The survival of Afghanistan was in danger when the responsibility of the country was handed over to us, absolute majority of regional commentators and internal bad wishers thought the country and the government would collapse, but the country survived due to sacrifices of Afghan forces and brave generals,” he said.
The president and other workers of the government were servants of people and the people had rights over them. “Our culture should be changed to serving and cooperating with people, every Afghan when enters a government office should be welcomed like the country’s president and chief executive officer,” he said.
The president said leaders of the national unity government were chosen by Afghan people through an election process. The current leaders of the government represented the nation and they were responsible for people, he said, adding if anyone wanted to take the leadership, they should participate in the election process.
“The greatest problem of Afghanistan is deprivation, most of the people in rural areas are unable to eat three times a day, eliminating poverty is our Islamic and humanitarian responsibility, all we should focus on ending poverty,” Ghani added.
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