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Vice President Mike Pence met with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah of Afghanistan at the White House today. The Vice President and Dr. Abdullah discussed the political environment in Afghanistan, and Pence highlighted Abdullah’s invaluable role and partnership with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. They also focused on President Trump’s South Asia strategy and its beneficial impact on the security situation in Afghanistan. Vice President Pence commended the Afghan security forces for their bravery and sacrifices in fighting the insurgency and international terrorists, such as ISIS and al-Qaida. The Vice President stressed the need for Kabul’s continued engagement and progress on necessary reforms, political inclusion, and preparations for forthcoming elections, all of which are critical to providing greater stability and opportunities for Afghanistan. Vice President Pence and Dr. Abdullah reaffirmed the enduring partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.