Source: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Report:
President Ashraf Ghani met today evening with Ms. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker and a number of other members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the sideline of the 56th Munich Security Conference.
They discussed a range of issues pertaining to security, peace process and President Ghani’s prospect on it, Afghanistan’s fight against narcotics and terrorist groups, where terrorism was termed a common threat to the region as well as Afghanistan’s allies.
President Ghani elucidated the Afghan government’s vision and commitment for sustainable and inclusive peace, with an emphasis to protecting the hard-earned gains of the past two decades.
The president provided information on the Afghan government’s economic plans and answered to the questions raised by the US senators on reduction of American troops in Afghanistan and its impacts as well as aftermaths in the region and Afghanistan. He said the Afghan Defense and Security forces are leading 94 percent of the operations and the forces are capable enough to defend their people and homeland.
Having talked over the peace process, the president said the potential threats and opportunities must be precisely evaluated, adding that the government of Afghanistan has the determination, wisdom and capability to analyse the opportunities appropriately in order to bring sustainable peace to the country.
The participants also discussed ensuring the interests of Afghanistan and the United States. The president said, “We are still confronting a medium to long-term common threats that requires joint commitment to tackle them.”
The president stressed that the Taliban are still engaged in drug trafficking, while discussing the issue with the US Congressional delegation.
President Ghani underlined, “We haven’t seen any notable developments and concrete anti-terrorism step taken by Pakistan.” He added that the Taliban’s sanctuaries remain a dilemma that must be addressed.