KABUL: (Middle East Press) The new U.S. defense secretary Ash Carter has arrived in Kabul following an unannounced visit to Afghanistan.
Ash Carter said he wanted to talk to Afghan and U.S. officials to confirm a “lasting” success as U.S. soldiers withdraw.
Carter added that he wants to discuss the troop withdrawal plan with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and get his assessment of how the U.S. military can best support the continued development of Afghan forces.
U.S. troops have withdrawn in December 2014 but have remained in smaller numbers to continue training and advising the Afghan military and to conduct counterterrorism strikes against militants.
He said that he looked forward to an update from Ghani adding the the two would discuss Afghan government-led peace efforts with Taliban militants.
This is Mr. Carters 1st visit after taking office and during his visit he will estimate war and the fate of some 10, 600 U.S soldiers in Afghanistan. He told reporters on board with him on his way to Kabul that “We’re looking for success in Afghanistan that is lasting,” Adding that “The best way to do that is precisely what I’m here to assess.”