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Mattis commends Saudi efforts for peace in Afghanistan

Mattis commends Saudi efforts for peace in Afghanistan

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Jul 10, 2018 - 10:11

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has written a letter to the Saudi Crown Prince, praising efforts by his country to bring peace and stability to Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“I read with great interest and appreciation the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman's statement supporting President Ghani's reconciliation efforts and calling for a renewed ceasefire and end to hostilities there.”

Mattis wrote the Imaminfo-icon of the Grand Mosqueinfo-icon, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Muslim Worldinfo-icon League's subsequent statements further reinforced this message and helped magnify its importance to the Afghan people.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you, and to your country's leadership, for Saudi Arabia's willingness to fulfill a critical role for regional stability at this vital moment in history,” he said.

“Your leadership and candor on this issue reflects not only Saudi Arabia's efforts to curb terrorism and extremism, but also the strength of our nations' important strategic partnership,” Mattis concluded.

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