Ghani, Pelosi confer on continued US support to peace


KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani and the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, have discussed America’s continued support for Afghanistan, women’s rights and the Afghan peace process.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said that Ghani spoke with Pelosi in a video conference which was also attended by First Lady Rula Ghani, First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh, Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib and Director General of the Administrative Office of the President, Fazel Fazly.

The source said that both sides discussed the US commitment to supporting Afghanistan, the peace process and its future phases, as well as women’s rights.

The two sides also stressed an immediate ceasefire and shared their concerns over the spike in nationwide violence, the statement concluded.

Statements on violence and peace come as the US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, also expressed concern over continued conflicts and called for a reduction of violence.

“Tragically, the war continues. The need for a political settlement, reduction in violence, and a ceasefire remain urgent,” Khalilzad said in a tweet on Monday.