KABUL: Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan and met with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday.
The meeting that was held at the Presidential Palace revolved around U.S. support to Afghan security forces and the ongoing intra-Afghan talks.
In the meeting, President Ghani told U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Miller that the Afghan government had taken practical steps for peace and that the opposing side should also show clear intent.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi in a tweet, stated, “President Ghani met with Mr. Christopher C. Miller, Acting Secretary of Defense US. Both sides discussed the Afghan Peace process, the security situation in Afghanistan and the region, and the continued support to Afghan Defense and Security Forces.”
Miller also met with the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller, and with U.S. soldiers and thanked them “for spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays away from their families.”
The visit comes as the U.S. troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan after Donald Trump last month ordered the number of U.S. forces to be halved to 2,500 by January 15, five days before he leaves office.