WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama will host Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah and other members of the Afghan government for talks in Washington in March that will focus on the future US military presence in the strife-torn country

The leaders will meet March 24 at the White House to discuss security, economic development and US support to the Afghan-led reconciliation process that seeks to resolve hostilities within Afghan society, White House Spokesman John Earnest said in a statement on Friday.

The following day Ghani will address a joint meeting of Congress, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said in a separate statement. The move is seen as a rare honour extended to an Afghan leader. During their March 22 to March 25 visit, Ghani and his delegation will also meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry at Camp David in nearby Maryland, the White House statement said. The two presidents will discuss security issues, economic development and US support for a reconciliation process, White House secretary Josh Earnest said Friday. It will be the two leaders' first White House meeting since Afghanistan's presidential elections last year.