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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stopped in Afghanistan on Monday in a previously unannounced visit to meet with local officials amid ongoing peace negotiations with Taliban leaders.
The Associated Press reported that Shanahan said he’s encouraged by the latest push to bring an end to the lengthy war. He added that he was not in the country with orders to reduce U.S. troop presence.
The article goes on to state the following:
Shanahan reportedly met with Afghan military leaders, and was set to talk with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He stressed that Ghani’s government should have a central role in peace talks, though the Taliban has thus far refused to negotiate with the Afghan leader, the AP noted.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan visits Camp Commando outside Kabul pic.twitter.com/a5XyxAYKHU
— cbsMcCormick (@cbsMcCormick) February 11, 2019
“The Afghans have to decide what Afghanistan looks like in the future. It’s not about the US, it is about Afghanistan”
Acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan during visit to Kabul pic.twitter.com/4Hw9reHTJd
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) February 11, 2019
Afghan National Security Advisor @hmohib met U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan this afternoon. The delegation will meet President @ashrafghani later this evening at Presidential Palace. pic.twitter.com/zXS3NRPDAf
— ONSC Press (@NSCAfghan) February 11, 2019
Acting US Def Sec Patrick Shanahan makes unannounced stop in Afghanistan before trip to NATO, Munich. I’m here on behalf of 5 net TV pool pic.twitter.com/nUIg1ZtJgA
— Noah Gray (@NoahGrayCNN) February 11, 2019
— CNN (@CNN) February 11, 2019
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