US president is set to meet with Afghan president over cricket-related issues
The American President Donald Trump is set on meeting with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday for bilateral talks aimed at boosting ties between the two countries.
Ghani is expected to make a surprise visit to the White House on Thursday in a bid to bolster relations with Washington.
The meeting comes amid growing concern in Washington about a growing Taliban presence in Afghanistan.
In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the two leaders will discuss issues of mutual interest, including “mutual interests in countering terrorism, preventing the spread of diseases and preventing the emergence of extremist groups”.
“As the president has said in the past, Afghanistan and the United States share common concerns about the rise of extremist organizations in Afghanistan and around the world,” she said.
“And President Ghani will also work closely with the American people to build upon those shared interests.”
Ghani was elected in October, becoming the first Afghan president in nearly four decades to win a presidential election.
The White House has also announced that President Joe Biden will visit Afghanistan in December.
Afghan officials have expressed concerns over the growing Taliban threat, with US Secretary of State John Kerry saying in May that the country had been “frozen” and “bombarded” by the Taliban since 2001.