Vice President Mike Pence spoke with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan by phone on Tuesday and emphasized his support for the Afghan government to engage with Balkh Governor Atta and conduct a peacefully negotiated transition of leadership.
According to a White House statement the discussion was a continuation of the dialogue that the Vice President had with Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah in Kabul last month.
Pence highlighted Kabul’s continued engagement and critical progress on necessary reforms, political inclusion, and preparations for forthcoming elections.
Pence and Ghani also discussed the political leadership in the Balkh province.
The Vice President emphasized his support for the Afghan government to engage in dialogue with Noor and conduct a peacefully negotiated transition of leadership.
According to the statement Pence also discussed the security situation in Afghanistan and the impact of President Donald Trump’s South Asia strategy.
Pence and Ghani both commended the bravery and sacrifices that U.S., Coalition, and Afghan soldiers have made in fighting the insurgency and international terrorists, such as Daesh and al-Qader.
The Vice President and Ghani reaffirmed the enduring bonds and close alliance between the United States and Afghanistan.