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Ghani renews commitment to war on terror

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presidential palacePresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met on Monday the Italian defence minister and assured her of his government’s strong will in combating terrorism and extremism.

Ghani received Roberta Pinotti in Kabul and discussed bilateral relations, long-term Italian support to the Afghan forces, combating terrorism, economic development and regional cooperation.A statement from the Presidential Palace said Ghani expressed his gratitude to Italy for assistance to Afghanistan over the last 13 years, especially the reconstruction of the Herat airport.Pinotti reiterated her country’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan and hoped for further growth and expansion of bilateral relations. She welcomed recent developments in Afghanistan.NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan will formally end on Januray1, 2015 and Afghan security forces would take the lead responsibility in securing the country.