Afghan President Thanks Trump for ‘Game-Changer’ US Strategy

By Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp is an award-winning investigative reporter with The Epoch Times and host of EpochTV's "Crossroads" program. He is a recognized expert on unrestricted warfare, asymmetrical hybrid warfare, subversion, and historical perspectives on today’s issues. His 10-plus years of research and investigations on the Chinese Communist Party, subversion, and related topics give him unique insight into the global threat and political landscape.
July 9, 2018 Updated: July 10, 2018

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani thanked President Donald Trump for his strategy in Afghanistan, which he described as “a game-changer” during a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 9.

“Please thank President Trump and the members of the U.S. national security team for their trust in the future of Afghanistan and for bringing a strategy that has been a game-changer,” Ghani said, according to a transcript.

Ghani also told Pompeo, “Mr. Secretary, the strategy is working. It has had significant impact. It is getting every actor and stakeholder engaged in the conflict around Afghanistan to recalculate, recalibrate, and think through the basic premise.”

“What we particularly welcome about the strategy is the concept of a secure Afghanistan within a stable South Asia.”

In addition to passing along his thanks to Trump and to the U.S. national security team, Ghani also thanked U.S. troops who fought for 17 years to free his country from Taliban rule.

“Over a million men and women in uniform have served with us,” he said. “They will have a place in our hearts, and we are always moved to tears when they say they have left a piece of their heart in Afghanistan.”

He noted the strategy is to create conditions for “enduring peace and stability” and that because of this strategy and its conditions, Ghani and his team “have been able to take bold steps, to think outside the box, and to articulate an agenda of peace that is truly comprehensive and asks for engagement.”

He added that while the ceasefire in Afghanistan was experimental, it has been effective. That the Afghan people “display a genuine sense of a nation that is tired of war, that is willing to look to the future rather than the past, that can take all the casualties of the week before the ceasefire and have the compassion and the commitment to reconcile, has been truly moving,” Ghani said.

Joshua Philipp is an award-winning investigative reporter with The Epoch Times and host of EpochTV's "Crossroads" program. He is a recognized expert on unrestricted warfare, asymmetrical hybrid warfare, subversion, and historical perspectives on today’s issues. His 10-plus years of research and investigations on the Chinese Communist Party, subversion, and related topics give him unique insight into the global threat and political landscape.