Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells visited Kabul June 30-July 1 to meet with Afghan and international partners. Throughout the visit, she underscored continued U.S. support for an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process and an honorable and dignified path to ending the conflict, as President Ashraf Ghani has offered. Her discussions also focused on the importance of holding timely, credible, and transparent parliamentary and presidential elections and ensuring Afghan citizens can safely cast their votes.
During her visit, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Wells met with President Ghani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, High Peace Council Chairman Karim Khalili, members of the Independent Election Commission, and other Afghan leaders.
Ambassador Wells also met with international partners to discuss ongoing U.S. and international community support for efforts to promote long-term peace, security, and stability in Afghanistan and the region.