In a meeting in New York on Thursday, President Ashraf Ghani and US President Donald Trump agreed that US companies could help develop rare earth minerals in Afghanistan, the White House said in a statement – quoted by Reuters.
“They agreed that such initiatives would help American companies develop materials critical to national security while growing Afghanistan’s economy and creating new jobs in both countries, therefore defraying some of the costs of United States assistance as Afghans become more self-reliant,” the White House said.
The two leaders also expressed their commitment to fully implement the new US policy on South Asia to defeat terrorism, the statement said.
US President Trump met President Ghani appeared in front of media in New York on Thursday.
The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues including the war on terrorism, Afghanistan’s security and the progress made by the Afghan and US forces in the campaign against terrorism.
The US leader offered a warm welcome to the Afghan delegation and reiterated that militaries from the two allies were working hard in the war on terror.
“It is a pleasure to have president Ghani of Afghanistan with us, we are working very well together, we are working very hard, our military is as you know over there right now doing an incredible job; more of leadership than fighting; leading a lot of wonderful Afghan troops who are fighting very hard; we were just discussing that and great progress has been made; so it’s an honor to have your representatives with us,” said Trump.
This comes just weeks after Trump outlined his new war strategy for Afghanistan, a move which was widely welcomed by the government in Kabul.
Under the new strategy, the US has committed to sending in more troops to Afghanistan in order to fight insurgency.