On the sideline of Munich security conference (MSC), president M. Ashraf Ghani met with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, high representative of EU for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini, and secretary of state for defense of UK Gavin Williamson.


On the sideline of Munich security conference (MSC), president M. Ashraf Ghani met with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, high representative of EU for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini, and secretary of state for defense of UK Gavin Williamson.

According to a statement released by the Afghan presidential palace (ARG), president Ghani discussed Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process, joint combat against terrorism, presidential election, and security cooperation with NATO secretary general.
NATO Secretary General Jen. Stoltenberg said that “NATO is firm on its commitments to Afghanistan, and asserted that peace in Afghanistan is not viable unless led and owned by the government of Afghanistan”.

President Ghani thanked NATO member nations for their support to Afghanistan, and said that Afghans from all provinces will hold a comprehensive discussion on peace in a consultative Loya Jirga that will be organized within a month.

“The high representative of EU for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini reiterated that EU is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in the implementation phase of a prospective peace deal, and in upcoming elections,” the statement read.


President Ghani thanked EU for its constructive role in Afghanistan, and said EU plays a vital role in ensuring peace in the region.

During a separate meeting with secretary of state for defense of UK Gavin Williamson, both sides “discussed bilateral security cooperation and joint counterterrorism efforts to eliminate the threat that challenges not only Afghanistan, but the entire world”.

The meetings come as it is said that the current Afghan government will continue its tenure until a peace deal be reached and the upcoming presidential elections is likely to be postponed.


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