President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Saturday told visiting US senators that the world and Afghanistan faced common security threats that needed joint efforts to be tackled.
Senator Timothy Kaine, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, met Ahmadzai at the Presidential Palace in the afternoon.
A statement from the palace said Vice-Presidents Abdul Rashid Dostum, Sarwar Danish and Special Presidential representative for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud were present on the occasion.
Several important subjects including security enhancement in Afghanistan and cooperation between the two nations in fields of economy, higher education and others came up for discussion at the meeting, the statement added.
The US lawmakers said the national unity government in Afghanistan had raised new hopes for the Afghans. They said they wanted to seek ways how to strengthen partnership with Afghanistan and continued US support.
President Ahmadzai welcomed the US delegation and said the formation of the unity government would provide a basis for lasting peace in the country.
“Peace in Afghanistan is very important, we are working on a strategic security plan to ensure that a lasting peace prevails in the country”, Ahmadzai said.
The president also underlined the importance of Afghan traders' access to international markets. He said international support was needed to lift Afghanistan’s economy.