Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his US counterpart Donald Trump met on the sidelines of World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
During the meeting, the leaders talked about the situation in Afghanistan, peace and security, and the region taking stock of the issues they discussed in their last meeting in Bagram, Afghanistan, Ghani’s spokesman said on Twitter.
U.S. President Donald Trump told Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani that there cannot be meaningful negotiations until the Taliban significantly reduces its violence, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.
Ghani stated that the Afghan security forces also dealt major blows to the Daesh insurgents in the eastern parts of the country.
“Daesh– for the first time in eastern Afghanistan–a thousand of them surrendered,” he said.
The Afghan president noted that the Afghan people are optimistic about their future, saying that prior to the presidential elections, 65 percent of Afghans claimed to believe that the country is moving in the right direction.
On the possible withdrawal of foreign forces, Ghani said, “Security is a problem but we are going in the right direction. The Resolute Support Mission is an instrument, the key issue is the bilateral security agreement between United States and Afghanistan and the Status of Forces Agreement between Afghanistan and NATO,” said Ghani, referring to the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) signed between the US and Afghanistan in 2014. This agreement allows the US forces to remain in the country post-2014.
“The numbers can adjust, increase or decrease. A decrease in this moment will have no material impact on our capacity and our willingness to ensure moving forward.”
Ghani on his relationship with US President Donald Trump: “I have no problems dealing with President Trump. I am one of the few leaders who have an excellent relationship with President Trump, including today’s conversation we had, because I frame my relationship based on priorities.”