Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he has 'no problems' with President Donald Trump amid talk of a reduction in the number of US troops operating in Central Asia, CNBC reported.
“I am one of the few leaders that has an excellent relationship” with Trump, Ashraf Ghani told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“I have no problems dealing with President Trump,” he said, while discussing whether the United States is leaving the region behind. “I frame my relationship in terms of priorities that he’s promised the American people ... the question is how do we find common ground, and where is common ground, to be able to move forward?”
NBC News has earlier reported that the Trump administration plans to announce the withdrawal of about 4,000 troops from Afghanistan. A former US Defense Department spokesperson told NBC News that this would be part of an attempt to resume talks with the Taliban.
Trump has long criticized the war in Afghanistan and insists on reducing US forces in the country. According to Ghani, the reduction in the number of US troops in Afghanistan will not have much impact on the country.
He noted that, compared with five years earlier, the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan is small. When asked if he expects a complete withdrawal of US troops from the country in the next decade, Ghani responded positively.