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Pelosi, Ghani talk security, governance

21 Oct 2019 - 06:53
21 Oct 2019 - 06:53

KABUL (Pajhwok): US Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi has met President Ashraf Ghani and other government officials on security, improved governance and economic development.

On Sunday, Pelosi made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan at the head of a high-level delegation, her office said.

“Our delegation received briefings from Ambassador John Bass and other top diplomats on reconciliation efforts with the Taliban, which has been responsible for violent attacks in Afghanistan,” a statement from her office said.

Blaming Taliban for the violence, the statement added: “We also heard more about the still-pending status of results from the presidential election, which we all hope will be available soon.”

The visiting team held talks with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah and other senior officials on security issues, improving governance and economic development. 

The delegation emphasised the central importance of combating corruption that endangered security and undermined the Afghan people’s ability to achieve a stable and prosperous future. 

“We underscored that the women of Afghanistan must be at the table for reconciliation talks,” the statement said.

The bipartisan delegation received operational briefings from US Forces-Afghanistan commanding officer General Austin Miller and Resolute Support Mission leadership. 

“We travelled to Camp Morehead to meet with our troops and their Afghan counterparts.  We were pleased that our delegation was able to briefly compare notes with Defense Secretary Esper, who was also visiting Afghanistan.”

In addition, the delegation met civil society leaders, including Afghan women, who women have made progress in some areas.

The visiting dignitaries believed more work was needed to ensure women’s security and durable economic and educational opportunities for them.

“We will return to Washington strengthened with the facts and the first-hand knowledge we have gathered at this critical time for our nation’s Afghanistan policy and inspired by the courage of our service-members and diplomats on the front lines.”

sa/mud

 

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