President Ghani receives UN Secretary-General

President Ghani receives UN Secretary-General

The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres who is on his official visit to Kabul.

The Secretary-General expressed his condolences to the Afghan Government and people over the recent incidents in Kabul. He condemned the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and described terrorism as a common enemy of the entire humanity.

President Ghani welcomed the Secretary-General to Afghanistan and thanked him for his condolences. The two leaders discussed topics pertaining to peace, stability, security, counter-terrorism efforts and regional topics.

The President pointed out that transnational terrorism and criminal organizations threaten the region and world and added that the recent terror incidents in the country especially the one that ripped Kabul have afflicted relentless suffering on our people. President Ghani said that our people have no more tolerance for such incidents.

President Ghani stressed on evaluating and reforming UNAMA, hoping that the results of reforms in this area will be witnessed within six months.

Both sides talked over ensuring peace and stability in the country. President Ghani said that a quadrilateral meeting (Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and US) has been agreed upon during his meeting with Prime Minister of Pakistan in Astana which will focus on strengthening peace in Afghanistan.

 President Ghani added that Afghanistan has expanded better economic, transit and commercial ties with the central Asian countries such as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan as well as Iran and China.

 President Ghani added that thanks to its strategic location in central Asia, Afghanistan strives to connect central Asia with eastern Asia through electricity and China with Iran through railways. This will make Afghanistan a route of transit to Europe.

The Secretary-General thanked the President for providing such information, iterating that the UN will remain with the Afghan Government and people as a lasting partner. He said that UN supports the Afghan Government programs to ensure peace and stability and reform government institutions.

The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, head of Administrative Office of the President Abdul Salaam Rahimi, advisor to the President in the UN affairs Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, permanent representative of Afghanistan in the UN Mahmood Saiqal, chief advisor to the President on public relations and strategic affairs Shah Zaman Maiwandi and deputy foreign minister Naseer Ahmad Andesha.

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