NATO chief, U.S. defense secretary arrive in Kabul to meet Afghan leaders


KABUL, Sept 27 (TNS): NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis have arrived in Kabul, the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) forces confirmed Wednesday.

The RS forces said on Twitter that the two visiting officials would meet troops in the RS headquarters in Kabul and hold talks with Afghan leaders.

NATO and U.S. forces completed their combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 after 13 years of military presence in the country.

However, more than 14,000 foreign forces are currently in Afghanistan for the RS mission to help Afghan forces with training efforts, advising and backing them in the war on insurgents.

The visit came after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and it is expected over 3,000 additional U.S. forces will arrive in the country. Mattis came here after wrapping up a two-day visit to neighboring India.