US Committed to Afghan Peace and Stability After Troop Pullout

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KABUL: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin during his meeting with the Afghan president and chairman of the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR) reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to an enduring U.S.-Afghan defense relationship.


 


Austin hosted President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah at the Pentagon on Friday.



According to a statement from the US Defense Secretary, Austin said that the US is heavily invested in stability and security in Afghanistan, stressing US support for the Afghan National Defense Forces (ANDSF).


 


Both sides, during the meeting, acknowledged the sacrifices of both countries while reaffirming the importance of avoiding Afghanistan again, become a safe haven for terrorists, the source added.



In their visit to Washington, President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah had a meeting with US President Joe Biden who emphasized the role of Afghans in achieving peace by their own, saying the US troops would follow the schedule for pullout.