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Afghan President To Address Congress On U.S. Visit

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is expected to arrive in Washington on March 22 on his first official visit since taking office.

Ghani is traveling with Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah. The two men came to power in September as part of a power-sharing deal.

The two Afghan leaders are due to hold talks with U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, who will host them at Camp David on March 23.

Talks are expected to focus on a range of issues, focusing largely on security including the withdrawal of U.S. troops, economic development and U.S. support for the Afghan-led reconciliation process.

During the trip, Ghani will also address a joint session of U.S. Congress.

The visit also includes a stop in New York for talks at the United Nations.

Ahead of the visit, Ghani has said his country faces a "difficult" spring in terms of security.

Based on reporting by Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post