KABUL (PAN): Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Musazai on Sunday said the US had requested a meeting between President Hamid Karzai and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, but the meeting had to be canceled due to the president’s planned visit to Iran.
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Sunday the designing of ballot papers for upcoming elections had been completed, adding its printing contract would be awarded to a publication company soon.
KABUL (PAN): Agriculture Minister Asif Rahimi has dismissed apprehension about a security vacuum in Afghanistan after international forces drawdown next year, saying the country is largely at peace, except for some "localised violence".
KABUL (PAN): At the head of a high-level delegation, President Hamid Karzai on Sunday landed in Tehran for a one-day state visit to hold talks with Iranian leadership on issues of mutual interest amid a row with the US over a security accord.
KABUL (PAN): US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday said his Afghan counterpart Bismillah Khan Mohammadi had assured him the delayed security agreement between the two countries would be signed "in a timely manner".
KABUL (PAN): Kabul governor Abdul Jabbar Taqwa on Saturday criticised the government’s policy of appointing officials in rural areas, saying selecting officials from local communities and hiring them to serve in native areas had negative results.