KABUL: The leaders of Belgium, the Netherlands and France held separate meetings with President Ashraf Ghani and reaffirmed their support to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, a statement from Presidential Palace said Thursday.
President Ghani, who was in Brussels to attend a two-day heads of states summit of NATO countries, on late Wednesday night met Belgium King Philippe of Belgium at the Presidential Palace and discussed with him ties between the two countries and how Afghanistan could benefit more from the Brussels conference.
The King congratulated President Ashraf Ghani over his successful ceasefire with the rebels and announced his country’s support for intra-Afghan peace process and assured Belgium’s future support as a strategic partner.
The president also held a meeting with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Brussels, with both the sides discussing mutual cooperation and a negotiated solution to the Afghan conflict.
Mark Rutte reiterated his country’s support with Afghanitan in areas of water management and vocational training. The two leaders also discussed intra-Afghan dialogue and fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.
The president also held a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and discussed with him regional cooperation, fight against international terrorism in the region and other issues.
Both leaders termed terrorism a huge threat and called for sincere cooperation of the international community in defeating the menace.
Thankful to France over its support with Afghanistan in different areas, Ghani said: “Our security forces are not only fighting for Afghanistan but for the region and the world to eradicate terrorism and its networks.”