Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani met with U.S. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a gaggle of American lawmakers making an unannounced go to to the nation on Sunday.
The Afghan authorities’s assertion says that Ghani thanked Sunday the delegation for the U.S.’s continued monetary and political help for Afghanistan over the previous 18 years.
The delegation met with Ghani and Chief Government Abdallah Abdallah.
Pelosi on her Twitter account mentioned her go to to Afghanistan targeted on safety, governance and financial growth.
The delegation had visited key U.S. ally Jordan the day earlier than.
The U.S. has roughly 14,000 troops in Afghanistan as a part of coaching and advising mission, and to conduct counterterrorism operations towards insurgents. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting assaults by the rebel group and Islamic State militants have sophisticated the Trump administration’s pledge to withdraw greater than 5,000 American troops.
President Donald Trump’s insurance policies in each the Mideast and Afghanistan have not too long ago drawn bipartisan criticism in Washington.
Additionally Sunday, Protection Secretary Mark Esper made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief.
Esper advised reporters touring with him that he believes the U.S. can scale back its power in Afghanistan to eight,600 with out hurting the counterterrorism combat towards al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. However he mentioned any withdrawal would occur as a part of a peace settlement with the Taliban.