Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Hagel finds Afghan visit "extremely informative"

Hagel finds Afghan visit "extremely informative"

Mar 12, 2013 - 13:13

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): US defence secretary Chuck Hagel, who left Afghanistaninfo-icon on Monday, found his first trip to the country as Pentagon chief to be extremely informative, a senior US Defense Department official has said.

“He had deep dives with military commanders at all levels and had frank exchanges with Afghan officials,” the official traveling with Hagel on Monday said in a statement issued to reporters.

He stressed the secretary was ready to work with other senior policy makers upon his return to seek ways of deepening engagement with the Afghans. “Some of whom clearly have issues they want resolved.”

"A top priority will be the bilateral security agreement, which Hagel sees as a linchpin of US-Afghan relations in the years ahead," the official said.

During his visit, Hagel held separate meetings with President Hamid Karzai, defence minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi and interior minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang in Kabul.

After his meeting with Karzai on Sunday, Hagel said their meeting featured "clear, direct conversation."

Ahead of his meeting with Hagel, Karzai suggested in a speech that the United States and the Talibaninfo-icon were conspiring to keep the level of violence in Afghanistan high to ensure the continued presence of US troops in the country even after the planned pullout of all NATOinfo-icon combat troops by the end of 2014.

"We did discuss those comments. I told the president it was not true that the United States was unilaterally working with the Taliban in trying to negotiate anything," Hagel told reporters after his meeting with Karzai.



Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment


Twitter Update