Patrick Shanahan, acting defense secretary, arrived in Afghanistan on an unnamed visit amid a United States push to negotiate peace with the Taliban.
Shanahan will join Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, whose government is not part of major talks between US and Taliban officials last month that officials hope to make a breakthrough in the 17-year conflict. The Afghan government is involved in discussions about Afghanistan, "Shanahan told a small group of reporters who traveled with him on a surprise trip on Monday.
The Pentagon chief actor said Washington had important interest in regional security and want to hear from land commanders.
Shanahan replaced Jim Mattis, who left December on US policy differences Donald Trump.
Taliban refused to speak Directly in Ghani's government, it is called the "puppet" of the West. But Ghani's allies in Washington say that the Afghans must lead to the peace process.
Kabul also worries that the extreme departure of nearly 1
Taliban wanted all American troops to leaving, and officials saying at the top of the list of armed group demands in conversation discussions.
Shanahan, who also meets US commanders, told reporters that he did not receive directions to reduce troops in Afghanistan.
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Kabul's report from Al Jazeera that Tony Birtley says that Shanahan's journey was "a mission to search the truth."
"His views on Afghanistan are not well known, and are expected to be introduced to them after this visit," Birtley added. "His comments about the Afghan government's involvement in peace talks are important for the government because they feel the statements of US-led talks."
Zalmay Khalilzad, a special envoy of the Trump administration for Afghan peace talks, said on Friday that although the Taliban peace talks were in its early stages, he hoped that a deal could be done by July.
That is when Afghanistan is scheduled to hold a presidential election.
Since the end of September as a special US representative for the reconciliation of Afghanistan, Khalilzad launched a multitude of talks with Taliban and other regional representatives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, India, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
The latest US envoy's talk was in Doha late last month where two sides met in six days.
Washington wants to ensure that Afghanistan will not have teams that will use the country as a base to launch US attacks.
The next conversation was due in Qatar on February 25.
In December, many reports that Trump had planned to divide the number of US forces in Afghanistan. At his State of the Union address last week, the US president said that any elimination group would be linked to progress in peace talks.
General Joseph Votel, the commander of the US Central Command, which appeared before Congress last week, offers more reliable view of Afghanistan, stating that the current maneuvering between US negotiators and the Taliban are "our first true opportunity for peace and reconciliation since the beginning of the war."
Votel said the Taliban were still capable of making a huge casualty in the Afghan government's forces.
Just last week, Taliban fighters killed several dozen Afghan troops in an attack on an army base in the northern province of Kunduz.
In addition to fighting the Taliban, the US and the coalition forces in Afghanistan are focused on a member of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS), known as ISIS-Khorasan, made up of foreign warriors from Pakistan.
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