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PublishDate: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 09:08

President Ghani Meets U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Christopher Miller, U.S. acting Secretary of Defense at the Presidential Palace, late on Tuesday.

In the meeting that was also attended by First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh, both sides discussed the Afghan peace process, the current situation of Afghanistan and the region and to further support the Afghan security and defense forces.

  stressed on strengthening the strategic relationship between Afghanistan and the United States, said that United States stands with the Government and people of Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism.

Thanking the United States for its assistance, President Ghani said that relations between the two countries are strong and it is based on quality rather than quantity. 

President Ghani articulated that the Afghan government has taken practical steps to ensure peace and now onus is on the Taliban to prove their commitments for peace. 

President Ghani stressed that US-Afghan relations is crucial to the joint fight against terrorism and termed the role of the United States essential in this regard.

  U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Tuesday in the second trip by a top U.S. official to the country in a week.  He also met with Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of US troops and the NATO-led coalition, “to gain his assessment of the overall security situation” and “the ongoing drawdown of US forces.”

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