President Ghani meets with UK foreign secretary in Kabul

President Ashraf Ghani met with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in the capital Kabul on Monday, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.

According to the statement, in the meeting which took place in the Presidential Palace, both sides discussed on range of issues including ceasefire, peace process, counter-terrorism, regional cooperation and Afghanistan’s capacity and role in economic development of Central and South Asia.

In the meeting, the UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson welcomed the Afghan government’s ceasefire with the Taliban and said that his country will continue to stand alongside Afghanistan people.

Mr. Johnson stressed that the United Kingdom will continue its cooperation with Afghanistan and that his country “comprehensively”  supports the ceasefire and Afghan owned and Afghan led peace process.

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2017 to be a tough year for the Afghan forces: US defense secretary

The United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has said the ongoing year of 2017 will be another tough year for the Afghan security forces.

Mr. Mattis arrived in Afghanistan in an unannounced visit on Monday to meet with the Afghan officials and the officials of the US forces and the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

Speaking during a press conference on Monday afternoon, Mattis said “2017’s going to be another tough year for the valiant Afghan security forces and the international troops who have stood and will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Afghanistan against terrorism and against those who seek to undermine the legitimate United Nations-recognized government of this nation.”

Mattis condemned the deadly attack on the Shaheen Army Corps in North of Afghanistan, saying “And, as if we needed a reminder, as I stand here before you, of the type of enemy that we’re up against, the killing of Afghan citizens, soldiers, protectors of the people, just as they were coming out of a mosque, you know, coming out of a house of worship — it certainly characterizes this fight for exactly what it is.”

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