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Vice President Pence spoke by phone to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani earlier today. He congratulated the Afghan people on the steady advance of democracy following the parliamentary elections this past weekend. He commended the Afghan election officials and military for leading and managing the electoral process, and U.S. and international forces for their support to the Afghan government. Despite efforts by the Taliban to intimidate the Afghan people, millions of people stepped forward to make their voice heard by voting.