Afghan President rejects resignations of Security and Spy Chiefs

Afghan President rejects resignations of Security and Spy Chiefs

KABUL - *President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday rejected the resignations of the ministers of interior and defense and the NDS chief and “asked them to continue their work”, Ghani’s Office said in a statement. *

“Wais Ahmad Barmak, Minister of Interior, Masoum Stanikzai, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief and Tariq Shah Bahrami, the Defense Minister officially handed in their resignation letters and the President did not accept them and asked these officials to continue their work and also give him guides for better security,” according to the statement.

On Saturday, Ghani asked his security cabinet to step down, sources confirmed.

According to sources, the reasons given by Ghani for the resignations include last week's rocket attack on the Presidential Palace, the recent Ghazni attack and the increasing ANDSF casualty toll.

Also on Saturday, Afghanistan 's National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar resigned from his post.

Minutes after Atmar's resignation, Ghani appointed his ambassador to Washington DC, Hamdullah Mohib, as his new National Security Adviser.

Atmar's letter of resignation meanwhile stated that he is stepping down due to "serious differences over policies and approaches at the top level of government."

He said he differed in opinion "when it comes to national unity, national consensus, peace and security political management, electoral affairs, good governance and regional affairs."

Atmar also stated that "because of my differences of these things in recent months I am stepping down because we haven’t reached a consensus."

Atmar, 49, has been a close aide to President Ashraf Ghani since 2014.

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