February 07, 2018

Terror safe havens still a major issue, Abdullah tells US Vice President

By Khaama Press - Sat Nov 18 2017, 1:43 pm

The Chief Executive of the Government of National Unity Abdullha Abdullah met with the US Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Washington and discussed the issues of bilateral interest and other regional issues, the Office of the Chief Executive said.

Thanking the US President and nation for their support to Afghanistan, particularly the announcement of the new strategy for South Asia, Abdullah said the Afghan forces are now capable of fighting the terror groups and hailed the sacrifices of the US forces in the fight against terrorism and supporting the Afghan forces.

Abdullah further added that the safe havens of the terror groups remain a major issue and said the Afghan government is hopeful that Pakistan would cooperate in this regard.

In the meantime, the White House in a statement said the Vice President and Dr. Abdullah discussed the political environment in Afghanistan, and Pence highlighted Abdullah’s invaluable role and partnership with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. They also focused on President Trump’s South Asia strategy and its beneficial impact on the security situation in Afghanistan.

The statement further added that Vice President Pence commended the Afghan security forces for their bravery and sacrifices in fighting the insurgency and international terrorists, such as ISIS and al-Qaida.

The Vice President stressed the need for Kabul’s continued engagement and progress on necessary reforms, political inclusion, and preparations for forthcoming elections, all of which are critical to providing greater stability and opportunities for Afghanistan, the statement added.

According to White House, Vice President Pence and Dr. Abdullah reaffirmed the enduring partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.

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