President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference to discuss key issues of mutual interest including the South Asia Strategy, electoral reforms, and peace process.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said Vice President Pence conveyed the best wishes of the U.S. President and hailed the bilateral relations between the two countries which is based on mutual interests.

Vice President Pence also added that the United States is committed to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a terror safe haven again.

He also hailed President Ghani’s recent steps to ensure transparency in elections, trust building towards electoral commissions, and convening Loya Jirga (Grand Council), the statement by ARG Palace said, adding that Vice President Pence also reaffirmed Washington’s support to Afghanistan regarding the upcoming presidential elections.

In his turn, President Ghani thanked the United States and the U.S. nation for their contribution and sacrifices in Afghanistan and added that the South Asia Strategy has improved the situation.

President Ghani further added that the implementation of the South Asia Strategy, the ongoing war is no more a U.S. led war, emphasizing that the Afghan forces are bravely fighting and giving sacrifices for a free Afghanistan and to ensure security of the world.

In regards to the ongoing peace efforts, President Ghani said the ongoing talks should result into a lastig peace in Afghanistan, according to ARG Palace.