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President Ghani, CEO Abdullah congratulate Trump

Taliban ask US president-elect to change polices, pullout troops from Afghanistan

By Mansoor Faizy-KABUL: Donald J. Trump was elected the United States’ 45th president in an astonishing victory for a celebrity, businessmen and political novice who capitalized on voter’s economic anxieties.

Projections early on Wednesday showed that Trump clinched victory over Democrat Party nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th US president-elect after securing the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

His triumph over Hillary Clinton will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House. Speaking to his supporters in New York after clinching victory, Trump said that Clinton had congratulated him on his win. “I have just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory … and I congratulated her and her family on a very very hard-fought campaign,” he said

Trump said it was “time for us to come together”, pledging to be president “for all Americans”.

Moreover, President Obama invited president-elect Donald Trump to meet with him at the White House this week, according to a statement by the White House press secretary.

“The president extended the invite during a phone call to his Republican successor, where he congratulated Trump on his victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton,” the statement said.

According to the Wednesday statement, the meeting is meant to “update” Trump on the transition planning that the president’s team “has been working on for nearly a year.”

World leaders have begun congratulating Donald Trump on his historic win. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah also congratulated him.

“The United States of America is an essential and important strategic partner to Afghanistan in development of the country and fighting terrorism,” President Ghani said in a statement on Wednesday.

He added that the government of Afghanistan hopes that in close cooperation with the new President of the US, relations between the two countries would expand further and develop in a way that is in the interest of the two countries and nations.

Chief Executive Abdullah said, “Afghanistan is looking forward to the expansion of mutual cooperation with the news US administration under Donald Trump.”

“Afghanistan and the United States are strategic allies and friends. Combating extremism and efforts to bring peace and stability are the top priorities of both the countries,” Abdullah was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his office.

“With Mr Trump’s victory, the chief executive of Afghanistan expects the strength and expansion of strategic economic, military, social and cultural cooperation between the two countries,” he added.

On Election Day, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, Michael McKinley, said that presidential election in United States would not affect the policies of Washington in Afghanistan and the bilateral pacts signed by the two countries.

He said this earlier on Wednesday morning as the US Embassy hosted several Afghan journalists to witness the polling process for the next US President.

“Today I was asked many times what the impacts of these elections would be on US-Afghanistan relations and my answer is always the same, America’s long-term commitment to our partnership with Afghanistan was renewed this year in Warsaw and Brussels. The US Afghan relationship will remain strong and close because it is based not anyone election, leader or party on our common interests, our people to people ties, and our shared values that so deeply rooted,” Ambassador McKinley said.

Moreover, in a statement, the Taliban group in reaction to the US president-elect Donald Trump, called on US for change in its policies. The militant group said that the new US president should withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan.

“Our message is that US should draft a policy that does not take away the independence and sovereignty of other nations. Also don’t see their interest in destruction and conviction of other nations, so the world be safer and the ongoing crisis would be ended. Most importantly they should withdraw all their troops from Afghanistan,” the group said on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, the group added that the Trump administration “should allow Afghans to become a free nation and have relationships with other countries based on non-interference in each other’s affairs.”

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