Patrick Shanahan arrived in Afghanistan on Monday on his first trip as acting U.S. defence secretary and said it was important for the Afghan government to be involved in talks, from which it has so far been sidelined. “It is important that the Afghan government is involved in discussions regarding Afghanistan," Shanahan told a small group of reporters travelling with him on the unannounced

11 February 2019

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is set to lead an interagency delegation to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan, and Pakistan from February 10 – 28, as announced by his spokesperson. The statement added that the “trip is part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that protects U.S. national security interests and

11 February 2019