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ANA Chief of the General Staff Visits Washington, DC  

 

General Bismillah Mohammadi, Chief of the General Staff of the Afghan National Army (ANA), accompanied by ANA Director for Strategy and Policy Major General Mohammed N. Payenda, paid an official to the United States from June 17-28.

U.S. Army Chief of the Staff General George W. Casey, Jr. hosted the visit and held a series of meetings and round-table discussions with General Mohammadi and members of his delegation at the US Department of Defense. They reviewed the security situation in Afghanistan and discussed the process of building the ANA and their increased combat role in the fight against the Taliban insurgency. General Mohammadi gave his counterparts a progess report on the training of the Afghan National Army, and inquired about training opportunities for ANA officers of exceptional merit. General Mohammadi discussed the ANA’s shortage of equipment and weapons, especially armored cars, heavy machine guns, and airlift capability.

In addition, General Mohammadi met with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace. General Mohammadi expressed the gratitude of the ANA and the Afghan people for the assistance provided by the U.S. Government, and he invited General Pace to visit Afghanistan and inspect the progress of the ANA firsthand. General Mohammadi also met with Lt. General (Ret.) David Barno and former Minister of Interior Ali Jalali at the U.S. National Defense University. General Mohammadi briefed the University’s faculty on the progress made to build the Afghan National Army and the major sources of insecurity in Afghanistan.  

On June 19, General Casey hosted a full honors arrival ceremony for General Mohammadi and members of his delegation. After the review, General Mohammadi visited Arlington National Cemetery and laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad and Political Counselor M. Ashraf Haidari accompanied the delegation to their meetings and participated in the bilateral military discussions.

 

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