U. S. National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster Traveled to Afghanistan

U.S. National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, joined by a senior U.S. interagency delegation, met with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, National Security Advisor Atmar, and other senior leaders in the National Unity Government to discuss shared priorities and our strong bilateral cooperation in Afghanistan during a two-day visit.  The leaders discussed regional dynamics and joint efforts to counter terrorist groups, including al-Qaida and ISIS, among other topics.  They also discussed a range of bilateral issues, including joint efforts to advance a peace process, economic development, promotion of private investment, and regional trade.

General McMaster commended the National Unity Government’s political, economic, and security reform efforts, and encouraged accelerating those efforts to strengthen governance in Afghanistan.  General McMaster and the delegation met with Ambassador Llorens and senior Embassy officials, U. S. Forces Afghanistan Commander Gen. John W. Nicholson, and NATO Resolute Support mission coalition officials. General McMaster pledged continued strong U. S. support for Afghanistan.