VP Saleh informs of improved Kabul-Washington ties 


KABUL: The Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh says that since Joe Biden took office as the new U.S. President, there has been a “positive and substantial” shift between Afghanistan and U.S. relations.
Saleh quoted the telephone conversation between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin, saying, “We consider the relations between Afghanistan and the U.S. as fundamental and after the formation of Joe Biden administrations, there are positive and considerable changes in the relations.” 
Earlier, in a statement released on Saturday, the Presidential Palace underlined that Ghani and Austin addressed diplomatic, security, and peace matters through a telephonic conversation. 
Deputy Defense Minister Shah Mahmood Miakhil said that three significant issues had been discussed between the two sides.
First, the U.S. and NATO would continue supporting the Afghan security forces; second, the peace negotiations should make progress, and third, the violence should be reduced in Afghanistan. 
This comes as there are reports of foreign troop’s stay beyond the May deadline. Earlier, the Taliban warned that if the U.S. did not stay committed to the US-Taliban Doha deal, the group would resume targeting foreign forces in the country.