US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has arrived in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on an unannounced visit.
The visit on Tuesday comes amid talk of dialog between the Afghan government and the Taliban militant group.
Speaking shortly before arriving in Kabul, Mattis said Taliban was “interested” in talking to the Afghan government.
This is while the Taliban have so far refused to talk to Kabul, despite an offer of direct dialog from President Ashraf Ghani.
Mattis claimed, nevertheless, that some militant elements were open to negotiations.
“It may not be that the whole Taliban comes over in one fell swoop, that would be a bridge too far, but there are elements of the Taliban clearly interested in talking to the Afghan government,” he said, without explaining who those elements were or how he knew about their alleged interest.