Congressional delegation led by Minority Leader of U.S. House Representatives Nancy Pelosi arrived in Afghanistan today.
The delegation met with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah at the Presidential Palace. They discussed the importance of including women in the reconciliation process with the Taliban. The delegation also underscored the urgency of reducing corruption moving forward to towards parliamentary and presidential elections.
“Our meetings confirmed that Afghanistan has come a long way with the support of the U.S. and other international partners but formidable challenges remain” said Pelosi in a statement.
Pelosi also met with General John Nicholson, Commander, Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan in Kabul. “Our discussions with U.S. military leaders on the ground and U.S. Embassy Country Team officials made it clear that a military effort alone will not achieve the desired conditions and objectives in Afghanistan.”
The visiting delegation came to the conclusion that a comprehensive regional approach, focused on diplomacy, economic development and increasing the capacity of the Afghan security services, “is critical to achieving the conditions for a secure and stable Afghanistan, and the safe return of U.S. troops.”
Pelosi had visited Afghanistan during the Obama and Bush administrations as well.