Rex Tillerson makes surprise visit to Kabul, vow to eradicate terrorists safe heavens in region

Rex Tillerson makes surprise visit to Kabul, vow to eradicate terrorists safe heavens in region
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KABUL - The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Kabul on Monday and met with President Ashraf Ghani , CEO Abdullah Abdullah and national security advisor Hanif Atmar. 

The US embassy in Kabul confirmed the visit and said Ghani and Tillerson reaffirmed the US-Afghan commitment to achieving peace, stability and long-term prosperity in Afghanistan

“The secretary stated that the new US strategy for South Asia makes clear the United States’ commitment to working with the government of Afghanistan and with partners across the region to achieve peace in Afghanistan and deny safe havens to terrorists who threaten that goal,” a press release issued by the US embassy said.  

“President Ghani reiterated his support for the new US strategy and emphasized his government’s commitment to reforms aimed at ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of all Afghans.”

According to a government source the discussions centered around counterterrorism, the new US strategy on Afghanistan , the peace process and bilateral relations. 

Tillerson is on a five-nation tour and will hold discussion with high-ranking officials in Pakistan on Tuesday. 

From Pakistan, Tillerson goes to India. 

The aim of his trip is to discuss the US’s new strategy on Afghanistan and Central Asia. 

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