US President Donald Trump met his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani as part of the Arab Islamic American Summit to discuss terror fight and security issues, confirmed a statement issued by the White House Monday.
“President Donald J. Trump met briefly today with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on the margins of the Islamic Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. President Trump welcomed President Ghani’s leadership in Afghanistan on fighting terrorism and implementing key reforms. He also commended the brave service of Afghan security forces as they fight to secure their country,” according to the statement.
Currently there are 8,400 US troops and 5,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan but after the deadly Taliban attack against the Afghan military base in northern Balkh province in April, which killed 150 soldiers, US is considering increasing the number of its military forces. The US and NATO troops have a non-combat role in the country at present and only train, advise and assist local soldiers. It is expected, however, that the US policy in Afghanistan will be revised after the upcoming meeting on securoty in Brussels this Thursday.