Source: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Report:
President Ashraf Ghani met yesterday evening with a number of lawmakers from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, led by Lindsey Graham, on the sideline of the 56th Munich Security Conference and discussed peace process and security status in Afghanistan and the region.
Senator Lindsey Graham hailed the peace efforts undertaken by the government of Afghanistan and said the U.S. would provide an enduring support for Afghanistan and stand with its people as a strategic ally.
Elaborating on the Afghan government’s commitment and efforts for peace, President Ghani said terrorism is threatening both Afghanistan and the United States and joint commitment and efforts are required to tackle this heinous phenomenon.
He expressed hope that Taliban stop the war and agree to cease-fire and sustainable peace.
The president stressed that Afghanistan has changed, democratic principles are further institutionalized and consolidated, and the Afghan forces are more capable than ever. He highlighted that the Afghan government’s vision is grounded on realizing regional connectivity and expanding trade and transit ties.
President Ghani in response to the question of U.S. senators regarding the reduction of U.S. troops in Afghanistan said the government had come to agreement on the issue of reduction with the U.S. side as currently, the Afghan forces are bearing the burden of fighting.
Senator Lindsey Graham said they would stand with the government and people of Afghanistan to safeguard the shared achievements of both countries.
He added that Haqqani network and other terrorist groups still pose a threat to our common interests and we should fight against them jointly.