19 April 2017

News Story: McMaster Calls On NUG To Step Up Its Fight Against Corruption

By Sayed Sharif Amiri

U.S President Donald Trump’s national security advisor H.R McMaster has called on the leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG) to take firm steps against endemic corruption in the country.

The U.S expects the NUG to take firm action against corruption, CEO Abdullah Abdullah quoted McMaster on Monday as saying.

“One of the key elements which has weakened the system and our capacities is unfortunately the issue of corruption,” said Abdullah.

Meanwhile, Sayed Ghulam Hussain Fakhri, chairman of the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC), has said that ongoing efforts by government to combat corruption were not enough to combat the trend in the country. He suggested more comprehensive strategies be forged to tackle the problem.

“War against corruption must continue consistently and it should be separate from politics,” said Fakhri.

McMaster, who arrived in Kabul early Sunday, met with NUG leaders and high-ranking officials, and discussed a number of issues including Afghan-America relations, the fight against terrorism, regional issues, and the economic and development situation in the country.

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