NATO chief arrives in Kabul on surprise visit
During the trip, the secretary general will hold talks with President Hamid Karzai, other members of the government and representatives of civil society groups.
The visit was announced in a brief statement from NATO that gave no further details, but sources in Kabul said Rasmussen would discuss a number of topics with his Afghan interlocutors.
High on his agenda are issues such as ongoing security transition to Afghan forces, NATO’s new mission and the presidential election, to be held in 2014, one official said.
In October last, Rasmussen told reporters in Kabul the alliance hoped Afghanistan would be able to stand on its own feet, but it would not stand alone.
All 50 nations within the ISAF coalition would remain committed to Afghanistan over the longer haul, he said, while heading a delegation of the North Atlantic Council, NATO's powerful decision-making body.
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