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US to help Afghanistan banish terrorism: McCain

US to help Afghanistan banish terrorism: McCain

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Jul 04, 2016 - 15:30

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A high-level congressional delegation called on President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah, the US embassy said on Monday.

Headed by John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the visiting team discussed with the Afghan leaderssecurity issues and the bilateral relationship.

A statement from the US embassy said the delegation included Senators Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina), Joe Donnelly (Democrat-Indiana) and Ben Sasse (Republican-Nebraska).

The Congress members reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to the people of Afghanistaninfo-icon through the NATOinfo-icon Resolute Support mission.

They pledged to work together with the national unity government to improve the capacity of Afghan forces and build a stable and secure Afghanistan.

During a meeting with Abdullah, the US delegation head said they supported joint work of unity government leaders and the progress made under their leadership in various areas.

McCain said he had talked to Pakistani officials to take decisive action against the Haqqani networkinfo-icon on its soil. He acknowledged that terrorism could not be eliminated as long as its safe havens existed.

The US would stand by the government and people of Afghanistan until the menace of terrorism was completely rooted out.

Abdullah thanked the congressional delegation for continued support for Afghanistan in military and civilian areas.

He said Afghanistan had made huge progress in the past 15 years and faced gravechallenges simultaneously. He calledterrorism a big hurdle to the development of Afghanistan.

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