Kabul-Afghanistan (PMG):

Reporter: Firdous Rasouli

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who arrived yesterday in Kabul on an unannounced journey, met with President Ghani and the country’s chief executive yesterday at the Presidential Palace. During this meeting Mr. Pompeo supported the Afghan presidential election and the Afghan peace process, praising Afghan military efforts to curb the Taliban’s movements. According to the presidential palace newsletter: “President Mohamed Ashraf Ghani yesterday afternoon welcomed the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mr. Pompeo has praised the increase of Afghan security and defense forces’ mobility and capabilities, the coordination, and alignment of bilateral relations, the peace process also they discussed the upcoming Afghan presidential elections and they both had a comprehensive debate regarding to the following issues.”

The presidential palace newsletter has also written: “This meeting was held in Delkusha palace, the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, praised the increase in mobility and capacity in the Afghan security and defense forces, adding that security and defense forces of Afghanistan have shown better capabilities in recent months. President Ghani and the United States Secretary of State also expressed satisfaction at the increased level of coordination and alignment between the Afghan government and the United States of America.” The meeting was held on the eve of the seventh round of talks on peace between the United States and The Taliban which will soon resume in Qatar.

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