December 22, 2017
President Ashraf Ghani met with United States Vice President Mike Pence in Afghanistan during the evening of December 21, 2017. Senior National Unity Government officials and a high-level delegation from the U.S. were also present in the meeting. President Ghani and Vice President Pence discussed the achievements in the past year, chief among them further developing Afghan security and defense forces and counter-narcotics efforts.
President Ghani stated that Afghan-U.S. relations are built on mutual strategic interests and continue to strengthen each day. The President called the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia an opportunity for peace and stability in Afghanistan, which is central to stability and development throughout the region. He also highlighted the successful efforts of the Afghan government in delivering on promises to cut corruption, implement reforms to increase transparent and effective governance, and nurture regional cooperation.
Vice President Pence reaffirmed America’s commitment to continue to support and enhance the Afghan government and people. He commended the performance of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and acknowledged the progress of the National Unity Government in countering corruption, promoting effective governance, and pursuing regional cooperation.
Vice-President Pence remarked that peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan constitute the pivotal objectives of the U.S. Strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia. He assured the Afghan government of continued U.S. assistance in areas of economic development and efforts to pursue peace and stability.