Afghan president arrives for first U.S. visit

Distance may not make the heart grow fonder.

“A lack of presence creates a vacuum, and we’ve seen what fills that vacuum in Syria and Iraq,” Sen. John McCain stated.

In hopes of forming a more cooperative and friendly relationship between the U.S. and Afghanistan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani landed in Washington this week for his first official visit to the United States since taking office in January, according to an article written by CNN.

So far, his presidency has proved to be positive in strengthening the relationship between the countries. However, some of his decisions have caused President Obama (even more) controversy, as he may now be slowing the removal of troops in Afghanistan.

Previous Afghan President Hamid Karzai refused to sign a bilateral security agreement with the U.S., which caused Obama’s initial decision to remove troops from the country. However, the new President Ghani has made it his first priority as president to sign the agreement, ultimately allowing the presence of U.S. troops.

To learn more about the history of U.S. and Afghan relations (and why it even matters), watch this crash course:

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