Esper Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan

2019-10-20

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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan amid efforts to restart peace talks with the Taliban.

"The aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, a political agreement, that is the best way forward," Esper told reporters traveling with him Sunday.

Last month, President Donald Trump abruptly called off yearlong U.S.-Taliban talks just when the two adversaries had come close to signing a peace agreement that could have ended the 18-year-old Afghan war, America's longest overseas military intervention.

Trump declared the peace process process "dead," citing continued insurgent deadly attacks on Afghan civilians and American troops in Afghanistan.