US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Afghanistan on a surprise visit to hold talks with the country’s officials following a last month’s brief truce between Kabul and the Taliban.
Pompeo arrived in Kabul on Monday, in his first visit to Afghanistan since he was sworn in as the top US diplomat in April.
He met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and was scheduled to meet with US forces in Afghanistan before leaving the country.
The United States maintains thousands of troops in Afghanistan in an alleged bid to train local forces in the fight against militants and conduct counter-terrorist missions. However, many believe the US views its troops deployment in Afghanistan, which started after the 2001 invasion of the country, as a strategic one that should be extended as long as possible.
Pompeo’s unannounced visit comes a month after the government and the Taliban, the main militant force in Afghanistan, agreed a ceasefire on the…