Ghani, CENTCOM commander discuss security, elections

Salaam Times

KABUL -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Thursday (May 10) met with Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM), in Kabul for talks on security, Ghani's office said in a statement.

They discussed the US strategy for South Asia, the fight against terrorism, security and defence sector reforms and the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Votel vowed to assist Afghanistan with providing security during the elections, which are scheduled for October 20, the statement said.

Votel, speaking from the Tajik capital Dushanbe Friday (May 11), said the Taliban should accept Ghani's "very generous offer", adding that the militant group cannot win militarily.

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