KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani welcomed his counterpart from Indonesia, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who arrived in Kabul on Monday for an official visit to Afghanistan.
Ghani thanked the Indonesian leader for his visit and the condolences that Widodo expressed for the victims of the attack in Kabul earlier in the day when Islamic State militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military academy, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16.
Widodo held talks with Ghani and other high-level Afghan officials and discussed issues of bilateral interest, according to palace.
He is the first Indonesian president to visit Afghanistan since 1961.
Ghani said he hopes Afghanistan would be able to benefit from Indonesia’s experience in the getting a united stand from the country’s clerics and confronting extremism.
Widodo arrived in Afghanistan after visiting Pakistan, where he met with President Mamnoon Hussain.
Recenly, a delegation of the Afghan High Peace Council, which is tasked with promoting peace efforts with the Taliban and other insurgent groups, traveled to Indonesia where authorities reaffirmed their support to the Afghan peace process.