KABUL (SW) - The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday briefly visited the Afghan capital Kabul on an unannounced trip to the insurgency-riddled country.
''Great visit to #Afghanistan today with productive discussions on the #AfghanPeaceProcess and the need for credible elections with President @ashrafghani, CEO, @afgexecutive, former President @KarzaiH, political parties, security forces & civil society, including women’s groups'', he tweeted after meeting top Afghan officials at the Arg.
‘’Today we hosted @SecPompeo for a firsthand look at how NATO, Coalition and Afghan partners are working together to prevent terror attacks, protect our homelands and advance the opportunity for peace in Afghanistan’’, the non-anonymous, official Twitter for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan tweeted.
President Ghani''s office while thanking the U.S. for its efforts for peace stressed all international partners and friends should avoid sporadic and individual effort and instead support unified endeavour for peace.
This comes as the U.S. and the Taliban are set to hold seventh round of talks for peace later this month in Doha, Qatar.
The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, on Wednesday stressed that the aim behind the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban is a comprehensive peace deal, not a withdrawal agreement.