President Mohammad Ashaf Ghani welcomed the announcement of the new policy by the United States towards Afghanistan and South Asia as he expressed optimisms regarding the enhancing role of NATO to support of Afghanistan security forces in gaining further capabilities.
"President Ashraf Ghani welcomes the decision by President Donald Trump, which shows an enduring commitment by Afghanistan's foundational partner in this global conflict," the Office of the President, ARG Palace said in a statement.
President Ghani said "I am grateful to President Trump and the American people for this affirmation of support fo rour efforts to achive self-reliance and for our joint struggle to rid the region from the threat of terrorism."
He said the new strategy increases capacity in the Resolute Support Mission. It puts particular emphasis on enhancing Afghan air power, doubling the size of the Afghan Special Forces, and deepening NATO's ability to train, advice, and assist Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
The Afghan President further added that "This announcement is part of a package of support enabling Afghans to achieve the goal of stability and self-reliance, by focusing on efforts for the eradication of poverty, economic investment, and better equipping the ANDSF to achieve its military objectives. The Afghan government is prioritizing acceleration its rigorous reform agenda to eradicate corruption, and enhance effectiveness, transparency, and rule of law."
"Following this strategy towards stability allows the region to work together in achieving mutual goals of peace and prosperity, and provides a clear pathway for regional countries to end support for non-state actors," he said.