Ghani and Trump agree rare earth minerals to boost national security

Ghani-and-TrumpNEW YORK: The Afghan and US Presidents have agreed to boost the development of the rare earth minerals of Afghanistan in a bid to boost economy and national security of the two countries.

The issue of the development of the rare earth minerals of Afghanistan was discussed during a meeting between Trump and Ghani in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the White House said in a statement.

The statement further added “They agreed that such initiatives would help American companies develop materials critical to national security while growing Afghanistan’s economy and creating new jobs in both countries, therefore defraying some of the costs of United States assistance as Afghans become more self-reliant.”

President Ghani met with the US President Donald Trump earlier on Thursday evening, Afghanistan Time, in New York as he thanked his counterpart for latest commitments and pledging the Afghan government’s commitment to ensure proper utilization of the resources for the development and prosperity of the country.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, earlier in a statement confirmed that the two sides discussed issues of bilateral interests, including key subjects such as fight against terrorism, regional situation, and economic development. -KP

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