President Ashraf Ghani discusses security tensions with US Gen. Mark Milley at Presidential Palace, Dec. 16, 2020.

KABUL, Afghanistan – President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday met with General Mark Milley, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussing current security tensions and the ongoing peace process.

First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, Chief of Army Staff Mohammad Yasin Zia, AOP Director General Dr. Fazly, Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Kabul, General Commander of the Resolute Support Mission Gen. Scott Miller were present at the meeting.

“Both sides expressed their concerns over the escalation of violence in Afghanistan and discussed the Afghan peace process and the immediate need for a ceasefire in the country,” said the Palace in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Gen. Milley assured United States will continue to support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

Later that night, President Ghani spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan “about the Afghan peace process and expressed their concerns over the escalation of violence in Afghanistan,” the Palace added.

While violence in the country has increased more recently, Khan vowed his country will “help Afghanistan to bring down the level of violence leading to a ceasefire.”

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