Mon, Sep

President Ghani receives US Congressional Delegation



Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, met with a US congressional delegation headed by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and current Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa in Arg this afternoon.

In the meeting, the two sides discussed the situation of Afghanistan and the region and exchanged views on ways to further expand bilateral cooperation in different areas including counter-terrorism.Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said that President Barack Obama’s recent decision on sustaining US support for Afghanistan helps both Afghanistan and the US fight terrorism as common threat and reach the shared goals that underlie the interests of both nations.In response, President Ghani said that there is no good or bad terrorism and that this ominous phenomenon should be fought comprehensively.The President said that terrorism is not a short-term threat and since the morphology, pathology and ecology of terrorism evolve, there is need for a medium and long-term commitment to fight it. He added that one of the reasons for insecurity in Afghanistan and region is the presence of criminal economy that finances terrorism.The President underscored that Afghanistan will turn into a regional hub where roads, railways, pipelines, fiber and electricity networks connect South and Central Asia and to this end work on the project to transfer electricity from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan and South Asia is ongoing.President Ghani called corruption one of the main hurdles to economic growth and said that the government of Afghanistan has managed to reduce corruption in procurement and through reforms in awarding, managing and implementing contracts.The President said that we try to increase the role and participation of women in the society, especially government. He added that women used to play a prominent role in the society but the war led to their marginalization overtime.At the end of the meeting, the delegation from the US congress said that we are proud of our partnership with and commitment to Afghanistan and we will remain with the people of Afghanistan.The congressional delegation also included Representative French Hill, Representative Donald Norcross and Representative Ted Yoho.