US Defense Secretary Mattis arrives in Kabul on unannounced visit

  • Tuesday 13, March 2018 in 12:12 PM
  •  U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis lands in Kabul
Sharjah 24 – AFP: Elements of the Taliban are open to talks with the Afghan government, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday as he arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit.

Mattis's remarks came as he flew into the war-torn city, weeks after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban. The insurgents have so far given no formal response to Kabul's offer for negotiations.

But Mattis said some insurgent leaders have expressed an interest in discussions.