The U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford are in Kabul to meet with the Afghan and coalition officials.

The two senior U.S. defense officials arrived in Kabul earlier today are scheduled to meet with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the new NATO and U.S. forces commander Gen. Scott Miller.

The visit takes place amid ongoing efforts to revive the Afghan-led peace talks with the Taliban group.

Mattis had earlier said that he was hopeful about peace talks, despite a recent spate of savage attacks by the Taliban and the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

This comes as a top official of the State Department met with the Taliban group’s political representatives in Qatar to lay the ground work for revival of peace talks between the government and the group.

As part of the ongoing efforts for the revival of peace talks, the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week announced the appointment of Zalmay Khalilzad as the U.S. Special Adviser on Afghanistan to assist with the ongoing peace efforts.