Ghani hails reiteration of US support for Afghanistan

ghani trumpKABUL: President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday welcomed his American counterpart Donald Trump’s new strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

Ghani said the US had shown an enduring commitment to Afghanistan’s war against terrorism and the war-torn country’s stability.

In a statement from the Presidential Palace, Ghani appreciated the Trump administration’s reaffirmation of support to the government and people of Afghanistan.

“I am grateful to President Trump and the American people for their reiteration of support for our efforts to achieve self-reliance and our joint struggle to rid the region of terrorism,” he added.

The new put particular emphasis on strengthening the Afghan Air Force, doubling the size of the Afghan Special Forces and deepening NATO’s ability to train, advise and assist Afghan National Defence and Security Forces, he added.

This announcement is part of a package of US support enabling Afghans to achieve the goal of stability and self-reliance by focusing on alleviating poverty, investment and better equipping the ANDSF to achieve its military objectives.

The Presidential Palace said the government was prioritising acceleration of its rigorous reform agenda to eradicate corruption and enhance effectiveness, transparency and rule of law.

The strategy envisaged regional cooperation on achieving mutual goals of peace and prosperity, and provides a clear pathway for regional countries to end support for non-state actors, it said.

“The US-Afghan partnership is stronger than ever in overcoming the threat from terrorism. The strength of our security forces should show the Taliban and others that they cannot achieve a military victory.

“The objective of peace is paramount and remains our top priority,” the statement quoted the president as saying.

The government also commended America’s emphasis on seeing security in Afghanistan as part of a wider regional package.

The strategy complemented Afghan initiatives, including the Kabul Process, seeking to engage the region in jointly dealing with common security challenges, it concluded.

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