President calls for global action to choke terror funding
KABUL (Pajhwok): The underground economy provides $1.7 trillion for acts of terrorism annually across the world, President Ashraf Ghani has said, stressing the need for greater attention to resolving the global problem.
During a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Thursday, Ghani and a four-member US Senate delegation, led by Mitch McConnell,discussed the expansion of bilateral cooperation and joint efforts against the scourge of terrorism.
The security situation in Afghanistan and the region at large, continued US assistances to the country and other issues of mutual interest came up for discussion, a statement from the palace said.
Ghani said the black market provided s $1.7 trillion for the terrorism every year. The international issue should pay more attention to dealing with the challenge to global stability, the president stressed.
The Afghan security and defence personnel, especially the air force,were defending their country with a high moral despite having limited facilities, the president noted, calling for building up the forces.
With regard to Kabul-Islamabad relations, Ghani said: “For the first time ever, Pakistan has acknowledged we are in a state of an undeclared war.”
He reaffirmed his desire to link Afghanistan with the region through railway lines, gas and fuel pipeline, road construction and power corridors. He also referred to his administration’s efforts for investment in the talent of the young workforce.
“We want to continue to stand with the Afghan people and don’t want to repeat the Iraq experience in Afghanistan,” assured Senator Mitch McConnell, head of the visiting delegation.
The US senators praised the one-year performance of the national unity government and hoped for more work toward the establishment of viable systems, the statement concluded.
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