US to enhance strategic partnership with Afghanistan: Ambassador

US to enhance strategic partnership with Afghanistan: Ambassador

KABUL - The new US Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass says the United States continues to support the country and strengthen its strategic partnership with the Afghan government, TOLO News has reported.

In a video message, the US envoy said his country will continue its efforts to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan and fight the endemic corruption in the country.

“Our work is often challenging, but when we face it together, we succeed. I am committed to strengthening our strategic partnership to improve peace and security to increasing trade and economic development and to fighting corruption and narcotics trafficking,” he said.

“I am also committed to supporting Afghans to promote education, gender equality, human rights and the rule of law.”

Bass succeeds US Special Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Hugo Llorens, who completed his assignment on November 16.

Bass most recently served as Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey (2012-2017) and Ambassador to Georgia (2009-2012).

His previous assignments have included positions in US missions in Iraq, Italy, Belgium, and Chad as well as service on Vice President Dick Cheney’s staff, as Chief of Staff and Advisor to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, and as the Executive Secretary for the Department of State and Director of the State Department’s Operations Center.