Pompeo: an unannounced visit to Kabul

U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Monday arrived on an unannounced visit to Kabul to hold talks with the leaders of Afghanistan on the background of the revival of hopes for peace in the country. This was reported by an anonymous representative of the Afghan government.

This is the first visit Pompeo in Afghanistan since then, in April he entered the office of the Secretary of state. On the agenda – joint press conference Pompeo with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani.

Last month in Afghanistan was declared an unprecedented truce on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr with spontaneous street celebrations, with the participation of the Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters.

Both sides have expressed deep weariness of the protracted conflict that has raised hopes for a cessation of hostilities after 17 years of war that began with the U.S. invasion in 2001 and the overthrow of the Taliban regime.

However, the militants rejected the government’s proposal to extend three-day truce, starting a new attack, which killed and injured many people.

He told the AFP news Agency the representative of the security forces, the number of attacks the Taliban in the country after the truce has reduced but independent confirmation of these words could not be obtained.

President Ghani, which the world community is urged to ensure the integrity scheduled for October parliamentary elections ahead of presidential elections scheduled for next year, is leading efforts for the resumption of peace talks with the Taliban, but they do ignore his suggestions. Instead, the Taliban insists on direct negotiations with the United States, which Washington has repeatedly refused.

Currently in Afghanistan, posted nearly 14,000 American troops. This contingent constitutes the backbone of the NATO mission to support local security forces and their training.