Acting Foreign Minister meets Visiting US Delegation
KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Idrees Zaman met with the US delegation headed by Nancy A. Jackson, the deputy assistant secretary of state for Afghanistan.
At the beginning of the meeting, the US delegation discussed with the Afghan Foreign Minister a range of issues including regional developments, tripartite mechanisms between Afghanistan, the United States and Central Asian countries.
The two sides also discussed issues of mutual interest, focusing on President Donald Trump's South Asia strategy, the Afghan peace process, as well as friction over the announcement of the results of the presidential elections and the missed benchmarks by the Independent Election Commission in its activities anticipated in the calendar.
The US delegation noted that the agreement between the US government and the Taliban does not provide for the reduction of the US troops and any measure in the context will be conditional, referring to the remarks made by US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper.
The delegation reiterated their country’s commitment to a sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan as well as good governance, increased government revenues and transparency in the reform process.
The two sides also exchanged views on the Istanbul Process-Heart of Asia meeting due to be held on December 9, 2019 in Turkey and reports on allegations of child abuse in Logar province.