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President Ghani rejects resignation of top security officials

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani has rejected the resignations of interior and defence ministers and head of National Directorate of Security.

Spokesman for the presidential office, Haroom Chakhansori Tweeted on Sunday (August 26) that Defence Minister Tariq Shah Behrami, Interior Minister Owais Ahmad Barmak and National Security Advisor Muhammad Masoom Stanikzai extended their resignations to the president today.

According to Chakhansori, the president rejected their resignations and urged them to continue their jobs. The president issued some necessary directives to these officials for the improvement of security situation.

Meanwhile, a press release issued by the presidential office stated that the president has rejected their resignations.

It is pertinent to mention here that the president accepted the resignation of National Security Advisor Muhammad Hanif Atmar yesterday.

The president appointed Afghan ambassador to U.S. Hamdullah Mohib as the new National Security Advisor.

The reasons behind the resignations of the interior and defence ministers and National Directorate of Sec-urity (NDS) chief could not be ascertained immediately.

However, according to Atmar, the reasons of his resignation were his differences with the government leadership on some issues and failure to reach at a consensus on the matter.

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