By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: US Army Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley during his meeting with President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday reaffirmed his country’s support to security and defense forces in Afghanistan and hoped that Taliban would reconcile, a statement from the Presidential Palace said Friday.
Both sides in a meeting held at the Presidential Palace in Kabul exchanged views and discussed US assistance and support to Afghan forces, peace process and war on terrorism, the statement said.
Milley termed US-Afghanistan partnership as unique and said many achievements were made as a result of their sustainable partnership and cooperation, during the past 18 years.
“Relationship among Afghanistan, the US and NATO is durable and the Afghan security and defense forces have proved their capability in difficult circumstances,” said the official ensuring the conduct of neutral and honorable elections. The country’s president said Afghan forces’ recent gains against Daesh were exemplary and that 20 out of 22 districts had been cleared of Daesh elements during the country’s security forces’ operations.
Gen. Milley said his country’s forces would continue cooperation in war on terrorism and efforts continue to ensure security and safety of the two countries.
The US officials, meanwhile hoped the Taliban would renounce violence and join the reconciliation process.
“We will stand by the government and people of Afghanistan until they need us and our commitment to support Afghan forces will remain intact,” the general assured.
He said his country would take further steps in complete coordination and consultation with Afghanistan.