U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, Sunday, October 20, and met with top Afghan leaders.
Pelosi, who traveled to Afghanistan after a stop in Jordan, met Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, President Ashraf Ghani and civil society leaders, including Afghan women.
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Trump last month broke off negotiations with Afghan Taliban militants aimed at ending the United States' longest war.
Pelosi’s office said in a statement Sunday her bipartisan delegation met President Ghani, the country’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and civil society leaders, as well as U.S. military commanders. The delegation was able to briefly compare notes with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and was briefed by U.S. diplomats in Afghanistan on reconciliation efforts with Taliban insurgents.
Trump has in recent days repeatedly underscored the need for ending what he often refers to as America’s “endless” foreign wars. He has made those comments particularly with reference to the Afghan conflict, which entered its 19th year this month. (VOA/Reuters)