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Ghani, Mattis talk war on terror, drugs & graft

Ghani, Mattis talk war on terror, drugs & graft

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Apr 25, 2017 - 12:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have conferred on the current security situation in Afghanistaninfo-icon and the region and the war on against terrorism.

"Both sides talked over bilateral relations and cooperation. They also discussed fighting terrorism, narcotics and corruption," a statement from the Presidential Palace said after the overnight meeting.

Ghani called terrorism, narcotics and corruption critical challenges to the security, stability and development of Afghanistan. Joint regional and global efforts were needed to fight terrorism, he said.

"The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are in the first line against terrorism and continue earnest counter-terrorism efforts with full might to ensure stability in the country, region and the worldinfo-icon," Ghani noted.

For his part, the Pentagon chief promised that US would continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Afghan. Around 8000 US troops are part of 13,000 foreign soldiers training and assisting Afghan security forces.

At a news conference in Kabul, the visiting secretary said: “We discussed his initiative to make the government … more responsive to all of the Afghan people, and we recognise the challenges to this government of that effort presented by enemies of the Afghan people who refused to renounce violence.”

President Donald J. Trump had directed a review of US policy in Afghanistan, he said, adding “This dictates an ongoing dialogue with Afghanistan’s leadership.

“And that’s why I came here: to get with President Ghani and his ministers and hear directly and at length from … General Nicholson to provide my best assessment and advice as we go forward.”

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