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President Ghani & US congress delegation discuss peace, counterterrorism cooperation

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President Ghani & US congress delegation discuss peace, counterterrorism cooperation
 President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has met US delegation, discussing key issues including Afghanistan parliamentary and districts council’s elections.
Acting spokesperson to presidential office Shah Hussain Murtazavi said economic development, holding parliamentary elections, counter terrorism, drug-trafficking and role of women in peace talks were discussed in meeting between President Ghani and US delegation.
In the meeting, achievements of national unity government were praised as well as cooperation in counter terrorism, peace process, economic growth, investment, private sector, regional cooperation, elections and counter corruption were the issues also discussed between the two sides. The US congress delegation led by Nancy Pelosi arrived in Kabul the other day.
In a statement released by presidential office said that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in the meeting with the US congress delegation had said holding elections was in NUG’s working priority as Afghanistan could only be administered through a democratic system rather than dictatorship because other systems had no positive results in the country.
Meanwhile, chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah praised US for its cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields.
Ms. Nancy Pelosi, leading the US congress delegation, said in the meeting that her country was committed to continued cooperation with Afghanistan in counterterrorism effort and would remain as a strategic partner beside Afghanistan.
The US congress delegation’s visit came at a time when US Deputy Secretary of State arrived in Islamabad for talks with Pakistani officials on counter terrorism. 
The US Deputy Secretary of State’s visit to Pakistan and talks on honestly fighting against terrorists by Pakistan came after Donald Trump’s administration has repeatedly accused the country for supporting terrorist groups in its soil, but Islamabad has always rejected such accusations.
Meanwhile, deputy secretary of lower house of Afghanistan parliament Erfanullah Erfan hopes that US delegation’s visits to Afghanistan will be more different than their visits in the past, Islamabad will be urged to cooperate in peace and the US will honestly stay beside the people and government of Afghanistan.
Previously, Afghanistan government had asked Pakistan for state to state talks. It is determined that Pakistan Prime Minister will visit Kabul on April 06 for talks with NUG leaders. It is worth mentioning that US has declared its full support from Afghanistan government’s peace offer and will use any efforts for succeeding the plan.