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Tillerson makes unannounced visit to Kabul

AT-KABUL: The United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson arrived in Kabul on Monday on announced visit, meeting President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah.

“Secretary Tillerson and President Ghani met in Kabul on October 23 and together reaffirmed the U.S.-Afghan commitment to achieving peace, stability, and long-term prosperity in Afghanistan,” the US embassy in Kabul said in a statement.

“The Secretary stated that the new U.S. strategy for South Asia makes clear the United States’ commitment to working with the government of Afghanistan and with partners across the region to achieve peace in Afghanistan and deny safe havens to terrorists who threaten that goal,” the statement added.

From his part, President Ghani reiterated his support for the new U.S. strategy and emphasized his government’s commitment to reforms aimed at ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of all Afghans.

This is Tillerson’s first trip to Afghanistan as one of top US diplomat, and arrived in Afghanistan from Saudi and will visit to Pakistan and India today (Tuesday).

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