Top diplomats gather at UN meeting to support Afghanistan

Top diplomats gather at UN meeting to support Afghanistan
Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaks during a panel discussion at the United Nations Office at Geneva, during the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (Denis Balibouse/pool photo via AP)

GENEVA (AP) — Foreign ministers from Russia, Germany, Iran and other countries, as well as EU’s foreign policy chief have joined Afghanistan’s president and other top officials at a U.N. meeting in Geneva to show support for the impoverished, war-battered country.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told the conference Wednesday that he wanted to “specifically recognize the commitment in blood and treasure that the United States has shown since 2001” in Afghanistan.

Ghani called the U.S. its “key ally” and praised the Trump administration’s South Asia policy as a “game changer” for Afghanistan.

Ghani, who faces an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency in recent months, presented his government’s efforts in areas like security, justice, women’s rights and anti-corruption.

He says: “We have a plan for reform, and we need your support to help implement it.”