Ashraf Ghani, the new president of Afghanistan, thanked the Americans who have supported Afghanistan’s pursuit of peace and security. Mr. Ghani visiting the United States on Monday stressed his commitment to combating militancy and ensuring that Afghanistan could one day support itself as a stable and functional democracy and would take this opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women in uniform who have done the ultimate sacrifice — in a speech at the Pentagon, repeatedly citing the 2,215 Americans who have been killed and over 20,000 American military members who have been wounded in his country.
The speech was Tangible American military achievements alongside its allies and partners in afghanistan and message that American officials were happy to hear and eager to help the new Afghan president. In Video by Reuters Publish March 23, 2015.Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced funding for Afghan security forces, while Secretary of State John Kerry and the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, discussed a “development partnership” strengthening the Strategic Partnership of the United States and Afghanistan.
This is a foundational relationship, which President Ghani said – we are very proud that this relationship will be transformed into an enduring relationship.”. Senior American officials have repeatedly cited the improved relationship under Mr. Ghani as a reason for slowing the withdrawal.
- Increasing Ties Between the United States and Afghanistan – joint statement released by the White House and the Afghan government as a result of an Afghan delegation’s visit to Washington.
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