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Tillerson makes surprise trip to Afghanistan

Tillerson makes surprise trip to Afghanistan
© Greg Nash

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Monday, the State Department confirmed.

Tillerson traveled to Kabul for discussions with President Ashraf Ghani about the United States’s policy toward South Asia.

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“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 U.S. Embassy in Kabul said in a statement.

“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.”

The secretary of State over the weekend was in Saudi Arabia and Qatar during a multinational tour that also includes stops in Pakistan, India and Switzerland.