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U.S. Secretary of Defense Arrives to Kabul in Unannounced Trip

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin pays an unannounced visit to Afghan capital of Kabul, reports say.

The Killid Group
21 Mar 2021
U.S. Secretary of Defense Arrives to Kabul in Unannounced Trip
(Jim Lo Scalzo | File pool photo via AP) New Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin as he spoke during his confirmation hearing on Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington.

It is Lloyd’s first trip to Kabul since taking office as U.S. Secretary of Defense under the Biden administration.

He is set to meet with top Afghan leaders, according to reports. 

The trip follows Secretary of Defense’s visit to neighboring India where he was for a three-day stay and met with the south-Asian country’s top officials.

The visit of the American top official comes following a Russian-backed conference on Afghanistan peace process called as the extended “Troika” meeting held on Thursday and ahead of an upcoming U.S.-sponsored conference which will be held in April in Istanbul.

Violence has meanwhile surged in Afghanistan with the Taliban preparing for their spring offensive.

However, on Thursday, Russia, the host country for Moscow summit of “Troika”, joined by the United States and several other countries called for an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan during the peace talks in the Russian capital.

In a joint declaration at the end of the summit, the United States, Russia, China and Pakistan urged the warring sides to reduce violence and called on the Taliban to forgo their spring offensive.

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