Millions of people in Afghanistan are expected to brave the threat of militant attacks during a presidential election on Saturday, hoping to prevent a repeat of a bitter, fraud-marred and ultimately unresolved poll in 2014.
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has called on newly-elected lawmakers to take part in the peace process with the Taliban militant group aimed at finding a way to solve the country's 17-year conflict.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday rejected the resignations of the intelligence chief and the interior and defense ministers, as the government faces fierce criticism over an increasingly deadly insurgency.
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who is on a two-day visit to Iran in separate meetings with the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday discussed bilateral, regional and international issues.
Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test.