Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Kabul, says Trump’s Afghan strategy is ‘working’

Posted In: News Date:Jul 10th, 2018

KABUL — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, making an unannounced stop in the Afghan capital Monday, said his brief visit showed him that the Trump administration’s strategy of maintaining an active U.S. military role, while setting conditions rather than timelines for success in the war against Taliban insurgents, “is indeed working.”

Pompeo, who spoke at a news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, reiterated that Washington will participate in a peace process initiated by Ghani last month, when he announced a unilateral cease-fire. The truce was observed peacefully by the Taliban for three days, sparking nationwide hopes for progress in settling the 17-year war.

However, Pompeo said that while the United States is “prepared to facilitate” negotiations, they must be led and conducted by Afghans.