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Hamdullah Mohib takes charge as new Afghan NSA

Hamdullah Mohib takes charge as new Afghan NSA

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Aug 26, 2018 - 17:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed National Security Advisor, Hamdullah Mohib, formally took charge on Saturday after his predecessor Mohammad Hanif Atmar resigned over policy differences with the government leadership.

Mohib, who previously served as Afghanistaninfo-icon’s ambassador in the United States, was officially introduced to the council’s staff members by President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.

The statement said “Afghanistan has close strategic and security relations with a number of countries and international organizations and managing them is the primary responsibility of the National Security Council.”

About his former NSA Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Ghani said: “It was a hard decision for me to accept the resignation of my friend and a long-time colleague, but I decided for the protection of national interests.”

He said Atmar had worked on different positions and Afghanistan needed him and his experience. Ghani said he had ordered the security sector to keep security for Atmar despite his resignation.

“We are trying now to concentrate on the future,” he said, calling Hamdullah Mohib “a successful ambassador” in a country which was very important for Afghanistan.

Mohib, the newly-appointed NSA, said: “It is huge responsibility. The way I did my job as ambassador, I will also try to do this job better.”

He said he would also consult with former NSA Atmar to use his experience in his new job.

Atmar, who served as the NSA for three years and resigned on Saturday, in his resignation letter has cited ‘serious differences’ with the government leadership.

His differences with the government evolve around peace, stability, national unity, security, political management, elections, good governance and regional and international relations.

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