KABUL – Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on an unannounced official visit, following the ninth round of ongoing US-Taliban peace talks in Doha, the president’s office said.
“The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan , Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, led by a senior government delegation, arrived in Saudi Arabia on an official visit,” the office said.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz received the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani at the al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The unannounced visit comes after the US-Taliban peace talks in Qatar, during which, on Thursday, the two sides reached a tentative agreement on a time frame for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan .
Ghani views Saudi Arabia as an important periphery player the Afghan peace process. In July, Ghani discussed the matter with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the phone.