US, Afghan NSAs discuss security, counterterrorism cooperation

Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib and his U.S. counterpart Jake Sullivan discussed security and counterterrorism cooperation during a phone call on Thursday.

The National Security Council tweeted that “NSA Sullivan reiterated American support for ANDSF, development assistance, and [the need for] peace in Afghanistan.”

Sullivan in turn tweeted that he had discussed a “strong and enduring U.S.-Afghanistan partnership” with Mohib.

“We will continue to support Afghanistan and its people with security, civilian and humanitarian assistance as courageous Afghans work to achieve peace and prosperity,” added Sullivan.

This comes after U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said this week that it has “completed between 16-25 percent of the entire retrograde process.”

CENTCOM said in a statement that the United States Department of Defense has withdrawn the equivalent of approximately 160 C-17 loads of material out of Afghanistan and has turned over more than 10,000 pieces of equipment to the Defense Logistics Agency for destruction.

The US has officially handed over five facilities to the Afghan Ministry of Defense, the statement added. CENTCOM did not however give details on which facilities these were.