Patrick Shanahan, acting secretary secretary, has come to Afghanistan on an unannounced visit calling for the United States to negotiate peace with Taliban.
Shanahan will come up with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, whose government was not part of major talks between the United States and the officials of Taliban last month who expects officials to be able to progress in the 17-year conflict.
"It's important The Afghan government is involved in discussions about Afghanistan," told Shanahan with a small group of reporters who were traveling with him on the surprise trip Monday.
The chief of the Pentagon said that Washington has important security interests in the region and that he wanted to hear from the leaders on the ground.
Shanahan replaced Jim Mattis, who retired in December over policy differences with US President Donald Trump.
The Taliban refused to negotiate directly with the government of Ghani, asking for a "puppet" of the West. But Ghani Galleries in Washington insist that Afghanistan is the result of the peace process.
Kabul also has a strong cause that the caos in the region could lead to a sharp withdrawal of nearly 1
The Taliban wants all American troops to be withdrawn, and officials say it is on top of the list of demands in the armed group's exploration talks.
Shanahan, who meets the United States leaders, told reporters that he had not received any directions so far to reduce troops in Afghanistan.
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Tony Birtley, Al Jazeera, reporting from Kabul, said Shanahan was a "mission of truth".
"His views on Afghanistan are not widely known, and they are expected to be recognized after this visit," said Birtley. "His views on the involvement of Afghan government in peace talks are important to the government because they feel the talks under the United States."
Zalmay Khalilzad, Trump's special administrative delegation for Afghan peace talks, said on Friday, while Taliban's peace talks are early, he hopes to deal with July.
That is when Afghanistan is scheduled to keep a presidential election.
Since it was appointed last September as a special representative of the United States of Afghanistan reconciliation, Khalilzad made a number of talks talks with Taliban and other regional representatives in Afghanistan , Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, India, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, and Katar.
The latest US Delegation talks were at the end of the month when both sides hit for six days.
Washington wants to confirm that Afghanistan will not kill groups that would use the country as a basis for sending attacks on the United States.
The next round of talks is in Katar on February 25
In December, there were many reports that Trump was intended to stop the number of US forces in Afghanistan. In the United States State session last week, the United States President said any captive fights would be linked to progress in peace talks.
Joseph General, the United States Central Central commander, who appeared before the Conference last week, gave a positive attitude to Afghanistan, saying that the first injury between the US and Taliban negotiations is "our first real right for peace and reconciliation from a war that started ".
Votel noted that Taliban is still able to put significant criminals on Afghan government forces.
Just last week, Taliban fighters killed two dozen Afghan troops in a military attack in the north of Kunduz province.
In addition to tackling Taliban, the US and coalition forces in Afghanistan are targeted on affiliates of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS), called ISIS -Shorasan, composed of foreign soldiers mainly from Pakistan.
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