On July 9, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo traveled to Afghanistan to meet with President Ashraf Ghani and Afghan officials. While in Kabul, Secretary Pompeo said, "Our South Asia strategy has sent a clear message to the Afghan peoples and its security services that we will support them as they continue to fight to defend their country… The strategy has sent a clear message, too, to the Taliban – they cannot wait us out."
During his visit, Secretary Pompeo also met with staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and visited with American troops from Resolute Support Mission at Bagram Air Field. Here are some highlights from the Secretary's travel to Afghanistan:
Enjoyed meeting with @USAmbKabul and @USEmbassyKabul’s inspiring staff today. Thank you for your patriotism and tireless work to support reconciliation and peace that brings a permanent end to the war in #Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/sj6CfWrlPn— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 10, 2018
Meeting w/ @ashrafghani and @afgexecutive, @SecPompeo offered strong U.S. support for the Afghan peace process and their work to ensure safe, credible, and transparent elections this fall. "Now, more than ever, the United States stands as an enduring partner for #Afghanistan." pic.twitter.com/TzGeODfhOp— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) July 10, 2018
.@SecPompeo joined Pres @ashrafghani in Kabul today to answer questions and highlight recent progress under @POTUS’ South Asia strategy, call for int'l support for upcoming Afghan elections without violence, and congratulate #Afghanistan on reform efforts. https://t.co/doM2fMYtUS pic.twitter.com/bh1NG0V4SB— State_SCA (@State_SCA) July 9, 2018
Honored to spend time with @USFOR_A troops in Kabul, and to express my deep appreciation for their extraordinary service and sacrifice alongside our @ResoluteSupport and Afghan partners in support of the mission in #Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/vRsOns5a2q— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 10, 2018
We were honored to host U.S. @StateDept Secretary Michael R. Pompeo (@SecPompeo) at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan today for a troop engagement and encouraging remarks reaffirming the U.S. and NATO @ResoluteSupport efforts in country.— USForces Afghanistan (@USFOR_A) July 9, 2018
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