KABUL: The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a visit to Kabul on Thursday said that foreign troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan would not mean weakening strategic ties between the two countries.
Presidential Palace in a statement said that President Ashraf Ghani met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken who arrived to Kabul on a surprise visit late on Thursday.
During the meeting, Blinken admired the sacrifices of Afghan security and defense forces and said that withdrawal of the U.S. forces from Afghanistan did not mean weakening strategic relations between the two countries, the statement said.
According to the source, the U.S. Secretary of State stressed that his country will honor its commitments about the Afghan government and people.
The U.S. will continue its diplomatic and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan as well as the Afghan forces and would keep efforts to facilitate a peaceful settlement in the country, the statement added.
The statement said that both sides agreed to continue communication on adjusting the transition process and starting a new chapter of bilateral cooperation between the U.S. and Afghanistan.
Blinken also met with, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR).
The two sides also discussed about new phase of relationship between the two countries and the US’s cooperation with Afghanistan from the last two decades.
Blinken’s visit to Afghanistan comes a day after the US declared full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11.