The Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has said aggressive military campaign will continue Afghans reach to a peace political settlement.

He made the remarks during a joint press conference with the acting ministers of defense and interior of Afghanistan in Kabul on Monday.

“The United States remains fully committed to helping Afghans create a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan, and to supporting the Afghans’ efforts, led by the government, towards peace,” he said.

Esper further added “A negotiated political settlement among Afghans is the best path to achieving this outcome.”

However, he said “Until that is accomplished, we will continue to pursue an aggressive military campaign against the Taliban and terrorist groups that continue to conduct violence against the people of Afghanistan.”

The U.S. President Donald Trump called off peace talks with Taliban earlier last month following a series of deadly bombings the group conducted in Kabul and other parts of the country.

Meanwhile, reports have emerged that the U.S. representative for Afghan peace Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has resumed efforts to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan.


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