US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and different senior members of Congress made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, her workplace stated. Pelosi, who travelled to Afghanistan after a cease in Jordan on Saturday, met President Ashraf Ghani and visiting US Defence Secretary Mark Esper in addition to prime US army commanders and a few of their troops, in accordance to a press release launched after the conclusion of the visit by the bipartisan delegation.
The lawmakers’ journey to West and South Asia occurred amid questions in regards to the United States’ dedication to its allies after President Donald Trump’s sudden withdrawal of US troops from northeastern Syria over his long-time need to unwind from overseas army engagements. Pelosi’s relations with Trump are at a low level as she leads an impeachment inquiry in opposition to him.
Trump final month broke-off negotiations with Afghan Taliban militants aimed toward ending the United States’ longest battle, a transfer that critics say highlighted a confused US method to Afghanistan.
The congressional visit coincided with one by Esper, who advised reporters “the aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, a political agreement.”
Pelosi stated her delegation was briefed by US diplomats on reconciliation efforts with the Taliban and in addition met Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and civil society leaders, together with Afghan girls. She stated in a press release that in addition they “heard more about the still-pending status of results from the Afghanistan presidential election in September, which we all hope will be available soon.”
Preliminary outcomes from the September 28 election have been delayed previous their October 19 launch, for no less than every week, Reuters reported on October 17.
“Our delegation emphasised the central importance of combating the corruption which endangers security and undermines the Afghan people’s ability achieve a stable and prosperous future,” Pelosi stated. “We underscored that the women of Afghanistan must be at the table for reconciliation talks.”
Trump halted talks with the Taliban, aimed toward hanging a deal for US and different overseas troops to withdraw in change for Taliban safety ensures, after it carried out a bomb assault in Kabul final month that killed 12 folks, together with a US soldier.
The United States says it has elevated the tempo of operations in opposition to militants in Afghanistan since Trump walked away from talks with the Taliban.