Afghan CEO raises issue of terrorists safe heavens in Pakistan with US Vice President

Afghan CEO raises issue of terrorists safe heavens in Pakistan with US Vice President
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Praising the role of the United States forces in Afghanistan, Afghan National Unity Government (NUG) Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said that Kabul and the people of Afghanistan support the announcement of the new Afghan strategy as a new opportunity for the country and the region, Tolo News reported.

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Abdullah Abdullah held a meeting with the US Vice President Mike Pence at the White House in Washington last Friday and discussed the new war strategy, according to a statement released on Saturday.

During the meeting, both sides emphasised the need for expanding ties between the two countries, it said.

He also thanked the US government and its people for their aid to Afghanistan.

“The government and the people of Afghanistan support the announcement of a new strategy, and we consider it a new opportunity for Afghanistan and the region,” Abdullah Abdullah said.

Speaking on the security situation, he said, “Now the Afghan Armed Forces are responsible for the independent defence of the country, they have faced many challenges but thwarted the Taliban’s plans, al Qaeda and Da’ish in Afghanistan”.

“The problem of terrorist havens is still a serious problem and we hope that Pakistan will work to dismantle these sanctuaries,” Abdullah Abdullah added.

Pence, meanwhile, also praised Afghan forces for fighting terrorism, Taliban, al Qaeda and Da’ish.

He said that Washington was happy with the new US strategy and that there are positive results and outcomes of the new strategy. Pence also promised US commitment for the National Unity Government for stability in Afghanistan.

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