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Mattis pays surprise visit to Kabul

IANS  |  Kabul 

US arrived in the Afghan capital on Tuesday on a surprise visit to meet Afghan authorities and commanders of and US forces in the country.

The visit by the comes at a time when the is actively looking to peace talks with the Mattis will meet Afghan to exchange views on the war on terror and the peace process in Afghanistan, local television channel 1TV reported.

"US has arrived for a periodic visit," Tom Gresback, at the of the forces in Afghanistan, told news.

Mattis will meet with the command and the Afghan authorities.

His visit followed Ghani's offer of non-conditional peace talks and political recognition to the Taliban, although the rebels are yet to respond to the offer.

Ghani's announcement came days before the insurgent group had proposed to hold talks with the US, after refusing talk offers for years.

During his last visit to in September, Mattis had assured local authorities the US would not abandon to a "ruthless enemy" and underlined US Donald Trump's decision to increase troop deployment in the country.

is going through one of its bloodiest phases after the end in 2015 of the NATO mission, which, however, continues to be present in the country to train Afghan forces.



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 13:44 IST