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US Secretary of State Visits Kabul

KABUL: Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday in an unannounced visit less than 24 hours after the United States and the NATO coalition formally announced they would withdraw their troops from the country after nearly two decades.

In remarks alongside Afghan political leaders, Blinken attempted to underscore that although the US military presence on the ground was drawing to a close, its commitment to the people and the country would remain.

Blinken also emphasized the importance of the Afghan parties working to achieve a peaceful settlement and warned that the Taliban would “never be legitimate” if it rejected the political process and tried to take power by force.