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Afghan, US security officials discuss bilateral cooperation

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Afghan national security adviser, Hanif Atmar address his US counterpart, H.R. McMaster through video conference, discussing expansion of bilateral cooperation, the national security council said on Tuesday.

“The two sides exchanged views on the overall security situation of the region, particularly the security of Afghanistan, counter-terrorism strategy, peace and expansion of political and security cooperation between Kabul and Washington,” it said in a statement.

The statement added that Atmar and McMaster agreed to frame a working group and stressed on face-to-face meetings over the implementation of the agreed issues.

Moreover, the statement said that the national security advisers of the two countries would continue to have such coordination talks.

About 8,400 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan, mostly involved in training and advising the Afghan forces and helping them in counter-terrorism missions.

However, the coalition commander in Afghanistan, John Nicholson has emphasized for thousands of more US troops to be deployed in Afghanistan.

Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani has recently backed up the call for more US troops during his visit to USA, adding Afghanistan still needs support of the international community to enhance quality of trainings, ground air capabilities, reconnaissance and fusion intelligence support.


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