World, Afghanistan face common threats: Ahmadzai
KABUL: On Saturday, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai told visiting US senators that the world and Afghanistan faced common security threats that needed to be addressed through joint efforts.
Senator Timothy Kaine, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, met Ahmadzai at the Presidential Palace in the afternoon.
A statement from the palace said vice-presidents Abdul Rashid Dostum and Sarwar Danish, and the Special Presidential Representative on Reforms and Good Governance Ahmad Zia Massoud were present on the occasion.
Several important subjects were discussed at the meeting, including security enhancement in Afghanistan, and cooperation between the two nations in areas of the economy, higher education, as well as other topics, the statement added.
The US lawmakers said the national unity government in Afghanistan had raised new hope for Afghans. They said they wanted to seek ways to strengthen the partnership with Afghanistan through continued US support.
President Ahmadzai welcomed the US delegation and assured them the new Afghan government would take fundamental steps towards achieving lasting peace in the country.
“Peace in Afghanistan is very important, we are working on a strategic security plan to ensure that a lasting peace prevails in the country”, Ahmadzai said.
The president also underlined the importance of access to international markets by Afghan traders. He said international support was needed to lift Afghanistan’s economy. (Pajhwok)