Last week, Afghan Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah spoke at The Heritage Foundation during his visit to Washington.
Last fall, after months of political tensions over Afghanistan’s disputed election results, the two main contenders, Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani, agreed to a power sharing arrangement in which Ghani became the country’s new President and Abdullah was sworn in as his Chief Executive.
His speech yesterday focused on the way forward for the U.S.-Afghanistan partnership. Particularly, he spoke about how can the two countries can continue to work together to ensure Afghanistan’s long-term security and stability. He discussed the kinds of support Afghan security forces require to stave off Taliban advances and projected what the long-term role the U.S. could play in helping to stabilize the country.
Heritage expert Lisa Curtis sums up the Chief Executive’s speech:
Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah talked about a new era in US-Afghan relations under the Unity Government that was established last fall. It is crucial that the US continue to support the Afghans in their fight against global terrorism. Yet as Dr. Abdullah pointed out, the ultimate goal is Afghan self-reliance. With fresh leadership at the helm in Afghanistan, the US can look forward to a more productive partnership that ensures gains made in the country over the last decade are preserved and that the country never again becomes a haven for terrorists intent on attacking the U.S.
This was not Abdullah’s first visit to Heritage. He came in May of 2010 and recognized Heritage expert Jim Phillips’ research on Afghanistan from before 9/11. Since his visit, Heritage has continued to focus on this important country. Curtis testified on Capitol Hill in 2013 on our next steps in Afghanistan, and she wrote about the April 2014 Afghan elections for Fox News.
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