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The Pentagon’s top official made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Pat Shanahan, the recently installed acting secretary of defense, The Pentagon’s top official made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders.

According to AP, he said he has no orders to reduce the U.S. troop presence, but stressed that peace terms are for the Afghans to decide.

 “The Afghans have to decide what Afghanistan looks like. It’s not about the U.S., it’s about Afghanistan,” Shanahan told reporters.

 Shanahan took over as acting secretary of defense on Jan. 1  He is a former Boeing executive and had never been in Afghanistan before.  It has been reported he will hold talks with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and other top government officials.

Meanwhile next week Tashkent will host international conference  Central Asian Connectivity: Challenges and New Opportunities. The way of settling the social and economic problems of Afghanistan will be in the spotlight of experts’ discussion.

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