Ghani meets Trump in NY, says ‘victory within sight’

Ghani meets Trump in NY, says ‘victory within sight’

SAM Staff,
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump Thursday said “a cloud of uncertainty has been lifted and victory is within sight as a result of the new Afghan policy.”

For his part, President Trump praised the combat efforts to drive the Taliban and terror groups out of Afghanistan.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly here.

“But equally important is your commitment to a political solution at the end of this process,” Ghani said in his brief remarks at the top of the meeting with Trump.

President Ghani welcomed the US recent decision to bolster its military presence in Afghanistan by sending up to 3,900 more troops.

He also said that Afghan forces were leading the fight and said he did not want “a blank check” offering unlimited American help.

“We are committed to make sure it’s the Afghan people, Afghan soldiers, Afghan officers who will take the burden of responsibility,” he said. “Victory– political, and military-wise– is within our sight,” Ghani said.

“We are determined to do what is ours– fight corruption, ensure that there is no waste of resources, full accountability for the results,” said the Afghan president, who was welcomed by Trump for the meeting.

President Trump said it was a pleasure to have President Ghani with them. “We are working very well together. We are working very hard. Our military is as you know over there right now and doing really an incredible job more of leadership than fighting,” Trump said.

“We are leading a lot of wonderful Afghan troops who are fighting very hard. We were just discussing that. And great progress is being made. So it’s an honor to have you and all of your representatives with us,” said the US president.