US lawmakers call for end to corruption in Afghanistan

ANKARAA U.S. congressional delegation, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have called for combating corruption in Afghanistan, during its visit to the country.

According to a statement released by the office of Pelosi, the delegation’s Sunday visit to Afghanistan focused on security, governance and economic development.

“Our delegation emphasized the central importance of combating the corruption which endangers security and undermines the Afghan people’s ability to achieve a stable and prosperous future. We underscored that the women of Afghanistan must be at the table for reconciliation talks,” the statement quoted Pelosi as saying.

The visit came amid delay in declaring the results of the Afghanistan presidential election held last month.

Pelosi expressed hoped the results of the presidential election would be announced soon.

Besides calling on President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, the U.S. delegation also met visiting Pentagon chief Mark Esper and other top U.S. military commanders, diplomats, senior Afghan government officials and civil society leaders.

The statement said that the delegation was briefed by U.S. Forces-Afghanistan commanding officer General Austin Miller and Resolute Support Mission leadership.

“Our delegation received briefings from [U.S.] Ambassador John Bass and other top diplomats on reconciliation efforts with the Taliban, which has been responsible for violent attacks in Afghanistan,” it added.

Pelosi said that U.S. delegation met with Afghanistan civil society leaders including Afghan women.

“While Afghan women have made some progress in some areas, more work is needed to ensure their security and durable economic and educational opportunities for women and girls in Afghanistan,” she added. Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.


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