The Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, met with Boris Johnson, the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, where he said that the use of ‘terrorism’ to achieve foreign policy goals is not in the interests of any countries.
The two sides emphasized the need for stern action against ‘terrorism’ in Afghanistan, the chief executive’s office said in a statement.
The statement said that Johnson assured the Afghan officials of his country’s continued support to Afghanistan in all sectors including the fight against insurgency.
He said that the UK will stand by the people and government of Afghanistan to ensure peace and stability in the country.
The chief executive meanwhile thanked Britain for its assistance and sacrifices in the fight against insurgency in Afghanistan and emphasized the need for continued cooperation in supporting democracy, institution building, fighting insurgents and strengthening of Afghan forces, the statement said.
Other topics discussed in this meeting include the recent political situation in the country, security, peace talks, Afghanistan’s relations with Pakistan and Britain’s assistance to Kabul, the statement added.
Abdullah left the country for a three-day visit to the UK on Wednesday.
So far, he has met with Mark Lancaster, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mark Sedwill, United Kingdom National Security Adviser, and Tariq Ahmad Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations.
He will meet with UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince Charles, the chief executive’s office said.
Strengthening the bilateral relations between Kabul and London, combating terrorism, increase in military and non-military assistance to Afghanistan, equipping the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and peace were core topics discussed in Abdullah’s meeting with UK government officials, the statement said.