Kerry in KabulThe US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit to meet with the Afghan officials, including President Ghani and CEO Abdullah.

According to Department of State, Kerry will reaffirm support to the government of national unity and the Afghan national security forces.

John Kirby, spokesman for the US State Department, has told reporters that Kerry would “emphasize U.S. support” for the government and its security forces.

It is expected that Kerry will hold talks on unity government pact which was signed by Ghani and Abdullah following negotiations brokered by Kerry as the agreement is due to expire in September this year.

However, the US officials have said the agreement signed for the formation of unity government is not having a specific end date.

“Though the political agreement calls for this to be a two-year agreement, the decree doesn’t spell out an end date,” a senior U.S. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. “We ourselves here don’t view that there is going to be an end … in September.”

U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olsen made a similar point more obliquely with reporters in Washington on Monday.

“The Secretary wants to signal continuing U.S. support for the national unity government,” he said. “It’s at the 18-month mark in a five-year term.”

Kerry mediated the talks in 2014 as the controversial presidential election put the country on the brink of a political crisis.

The 2014 presidential election was marred by massive fraud allegations which led to the formation of the unity government.


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