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Accompanied by ministers, president flies to Kunduz

Accompanied by ministers, president flies to Kunduz

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Nov 26, 2015 - 09:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, accompanied by several cabinet members, on Thursday left for northern Kunduz City to participate in a number of meetings, his office said.

The delegation headed by Ghani includes Minister of Natural Disaster Management Affairs Wais Ahmad Barmak, Religious Affairs Faiz Mohammad Osmani and Minister of Transport and Aviation Mohammadullah Batash.

Ghani is scheduled to attend meetings on security and governance, according to the Presidential Palace, which said some members of parliament, senior officials and journalists were also part of the delegation.

A plane carrying the president and his team took off from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul at 8.30am. The president had visited Kunduz City in October, weeks after the provincial capital fell to Talibaninfo-icon.

Leadership failure has been identified as the main factor behind the capture of Kunduz City by the insurgents. Misuse of resources and lack of coordination among security forces were the other principal reasons. 

The strategic city collapsed after a few hours of clashes on September 28. The Taliban remained in control of the city for three days before government forces wrested it back after a two- week operation.

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