Obama commends Afghan leaders’ peace initiative
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Thursday held a video conference with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Abdullah Abdullah.
During the contact, they American and Afghan leaders discussed the current situation in the country and efforts to improve Kabul-Islamabad, relations, the White House said.
“The president commended Ghani and Dr. Abdullah on their leadership in promoting an Afghan peace process to end the conflict and their initiative to improve Afghanistan-Pakistan relations,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters.
The leaders discussed the ongoing efforts of Afghan forces to improve security, and the importance of countering extremist threats from groups like Al Qaeda, Schultz said.
Ghani and Abdullah are scheduled to arrive in the US later this month, their first trip to the country after coming to power last year as a result of controversial presidential elections.
“The president encouraged to accelerate Afghan progress towards forming an inclusive national unity government, and expressed his expectation that their visit to Washington will demonstrate our mutual commitment to a strengthened US-Afghan strategic partnership,” he said.
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