US, Afghan officials discuss new strategic partnership
KABUL(PAN): Senior US and Afghan officials deliberated upon a new strategic partnership between the two countries, with both sides expressing a strong conviction to build up Afghan institutions, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
At a joint meeting that held on March 13-14 in Kabul, officials from the two countries discussed the new strategic partnership, which will also contribute to improved economic and political relations between Afghanistan neighbours, the ministry said in a statement.
The participants pledged to continue discussions on the topic in April, and to consult with relevant domestic and international stakeholders as part of their deliberations.
Both sides also agreed that a stable and peaceful Afghanistan would serve as an anchor for long-term regional stability and contribute to international security, the statement said.
They reaffirmed their support for the security transition process agreed at the NATO Lisbon Summit in Nov. 2010, and underscored support for an Afghan-led reconciliation process that protects the rights of all Afghans, including women, it concluded.
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