Afghan President, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, and the High National Council for Reconciliation Chief, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah are leaving Kabul on Wednesday to meet the U.S President, Joe Biden, the Presidential Palace has stated in a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the letter leaked in the media, Rula Ghani, the first lady, Amrullah Saleh, the first vice-president, Hamdullah Mohib, the National Security Advisor, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Adela Raz, Afghan Representative in UN, Sharhzad Akbar, the head of Human Rights Commission, Fatima Gailani and Habiba Sarabi, the two female members of Afghanistan negotiating team will accompany Ghani and Abdullah in the trip to Washington.
At the same time, Babur Farahmand, a vice-chairman to HNCR has criticized the delegation composition, claiming that being no Uzbek and Hazara leaders are in the team, shows the delegation is not inclusive and does not represent the whole Afghan nation.
The White House announced on June 20th that the U.S President, Joe Biden would like to welcome the Afghan leaders Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in Washington on June 25.
According to the statement by the White House, the U.S president will discuss America’s support to Afghanistan and the ongoing peace process with the Afghan leaders.
This comes as the U.S and NATO troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by Sep 11, on the twentieth anniversary of U.S presence in Afghanistan.