Saturday, March 03, 2018
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated and delivered speech Thursday in a ceremony held in Kabul for commemoration of National Defense and Security Forces’ Day.
After receiving guard of honor, the country’s President laid a wreath in martyrs’ minaret of ANDSF and prayed for the souls of ANDSF martyrs.
President Ghani while congratulating ANDSF National Day to the country’s national defense and security forces said: “You have raised from this community and you belong to the people of Afghanistan – today the Afghan people are proud of you and as supreme commander of armed forces, I am thanking you for your bravery, sacrifices and commitment to holy flag of Afghanistan and this soil.”
The country’s President praised Afghan national defense and security forces for their effort towards maintaining security of Kabul Process Conference and the international community in particular NATO Resolute Support mission general commander Gen. Nicholson for cooperation and supporting the country’s armed forces.
Addressing to armed forces’ personnel, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said: “You have made impossible possible as the people did not believe in continuation of the system during transition process. Each step you take towards maintaining security, stability and peace is representing your national and justified position that is fully supported by the government and people of Afghanistan and our commitment is to pay attention to defense and security forces and their families.”
Regarding peace, President Ghani said the government offered clear suggestions of peace at the Kabul Process Conference the other day and considered peace as key requirement of Afghanistan, stressing that now there was overall consensus in this regard.
He said that the government would fully implement the peace plan delivered at the respective conference.
“We’re winning both the battle and diplomacy and jointly working for completion of incomplete chapter of King Amanullah Khan – nobody has granted Afghanistan to us as we have got freedom and independency by sacrifices of our nation,” the country’s President said, adding that negligence in battlefield could not be tolerated; thus, necessary preparations should be made to legally defend the country and fight enemies.
Pointing to achievements of the country’s national defense and security forces, the country’s President said coordination that have been created between defense and security organs and sound management made by leading bodies of the respective sector were appreciable. In the ceremony, based on suggestion of MoD and approval of President Ghani, army chief of staff Sharif Yaftali was promoted from Lt. Gen. Rank to Four Star General Rank. Meanwhile, on the occasion of National Day of ANDSF, a number of ANDSF personnel were granted state medals, appreciation letters and cash assistance to praise for their efforts in counter terrorism and maintaining security in the country.
In the ceremony, chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, ministers of defense and interior, NDS chairman and army chief of staff spoke separately and appreciated the country’s national defense and security forces for their efforts and sacrifices towards defending the people of Afghanistan.