Pentagon chief pushes peace in AfghanistanBy ASSOCIATED PRESShome/News/World/Pentagon chief pushes peace in AfghanistanKABUL, Afghanistan: The Pentagon’s top official made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday to meet with US commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. It’s not about the US, it’s about Afghanistan,” Shanahan told reporters traveling with him from Washington. Zalmay Khalilzad, the administration’s special envoy for Afghan peace talks, said Friday that although talks were in an early stage, he hoped a deal can be made by July. That is when Afghanistan is scheduled to hold a presidential election. Shanahan, a former Boeing executive who had never been in Afghanistan until Monday, was scheduled to meet with Ghani and other top government officials.
Source: Manila Times February 11, 2019 16:51 UTC