President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the Commander of the U.S. Military Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel in Kabul on Monday.
The office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the two sides held talks regarding the intra-Afghan peace talks, equipping and strengthening of the Afghan armed forces, reforms in security and defense sectors, joint fight against terrorism, and the U.S. strategy forSouth Asia and its impacts since its announcement.
The statement further added that Gen. Votel offered condolences over the recent Kandahar terrorist incident and congratulated President Ghani and the Afghan nation for the successful conduct of parliamentary elections.
Gen. Votel also hailed the Afghan forces for maintaining security of the elections and assured President Ghani that U.S. will remain a strategic partner of Afghanistan and the Afghan nation.
In his turn, President Ghani thanked Gen. Votel for his condolences regarding the Kandahar incident and hailed the United States for the suport to Afghanistan in various sectors.
President Ghani said consensus exists for the Afghan peace on national, regional, and international level.
He also added that Afghanistan welcomes any move that results into peace and reconciliation in the country, the Office of the President added.