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NUG leaders meet British Defense Minister

KABUL: President of the National Unity Government (NUG), Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the country’s Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, separately met with British Minister of Defense, Gavin Williamson here in Kabul, Bakhtar News Agency reported Friday.
The president and the UK minister of defense, at the Presidential Palace, discussed regional issues, funding and equipping Afghan security and defense forces, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and jointly fighting terrorism, said the agency.
President Ghani welcomed Williamson and his led delegation to Kabul and thanked the UK for its assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields, especially in supporting Afghan security and defense forces under the Resolute Support mission, according to the agency.
Williamson, meanwhile, praised Afghanistan’s security and defense forces for their sacrifices in fighting terrorism and assured of his country’s continued assistance and cooperation, especially in supporting security and defense forces of Afghanistan, the agency quoted.
In his meeting with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, UK’s Gavin said he has come to Afghanistan to closely monitor the ongoing situation, speak with the Afghan authorities on key issues and meet with his country and Afghan forces, according to a statement from the CE office.
During the meeting, Given said he was pleased for the progress and capability of the Afghan security forces, said the statement.
Meanwhile, Dr. Abdullah thanked Given for his country’s plan to increase British forces, under the NATO resolute mission in Afghanistan.
The Kabul Times

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