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Joint global strategy needed to eliminate Daesh: Atmar

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AtmarNational Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar has said war against Islamic State (IS) or in its Arabic acronym --- Daesh --- required joint global efforts.

Atmar expressed the view in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Saifullah Hashim Oghlo in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, a statement from the National Security Council (NSC) said on Friday. Bilateral relations, joint efforts against war on terror, regional cooperation and Turkish assistance in NATO framework with Afghanistan had been discussed during the meeting, the statement said. Atmar said the people of Afghanistan hailed Turkish assistance and hoped for the continuation of these assistance in the future. He said Afghanistan has recently become the member of international military alliance in war against terrorism which posed a huge threat to the war torn country. “Being the state which had been the victim of terrorism, Afghanistan could better understand the threat and consequences of terrorist activities, adding that NSC last year formed a strategy to deal with the threat of IS, he noted.” The national security advisor, however, stressed the need for joint efforts against war on terror in international and regional level. On his part, the Turkish national security advisor Saifullah Hashim assured of his country’s continued assistance with Afghanistan in the future. He supported the policies of Afghanistan in war against all terrorist groups on the global and regional level. He told Atmar he would pay a visit to Afghanistan in the near future. Earlier, Atmar flew on a two-day official visit to Turkey on Wednesday. A statement from the National Security Council (NSC) said Atmar would call on top Turkish leadership, including the spymaster, defence and foreign ministers. Bilateral security, political and economic relations, Turkish assistance to Afghan forces in the NATO framework and future support will also be discussed at the meetings.