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U.S. NSA to Visit Kabul to Discuss Security Situation in Afghanistan

(Last Updated On: April 13, 2017)

undefinedU.S. President Donald Trump is sending his national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to Afghanistan to discuss stabilization of the country in the wake of threats posed by a resurgent Taliban and the expanding footprint of the Islamic State in provinces bordering Pakistan.

” I’m also sending General McMaster to Afghanistan to find out how we can make progress alongside our Afghan partners and NATO allies,” Trump told reporters at a joint White House news conference with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Gen McMaster would be the first high-level Trump administration official to visit Kabul.

While McMaster, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, will also discuss the expanding Chinese footprint in the Af-Pak region.

Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called NATO’s mission in Afghanistan one of the key cooperation in fight against the international terrorism.

” we launched NATO’s biggest military operation ever, in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans and Canadian soldiers have served shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops. More than a thousand have paid the ultimate price.

Earlier today, I laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, in tribute to the fallen. It was a deeply moving experience.

We owe it to our servicemen and women to preserve the hard-earned gains we have made together in Afghanistan.

We were reminded of their sacrifice just this week, when a US soldier was killed there fighting ISIL, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

The situation in Afghanistan is far from a stalemate. There are about 8,400 US troops there, along with 5,000 from NATO allies.


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