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U.S. Secretary Of State Arrives In Kabul On Unannounced Visit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (file photo)

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit, an Afghan government official has told RFE/RL on condition of anonymity.

The July 9 visit is Pompeo's first since becoming the top U.S. diplomat.

Pompeo is expected to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and will conduct a joint press conference later in the day.

Around 14,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led mission, while also carrying out counterterrorism operations targeting Islamic State (IS) militants and Al-Qaeda.

With reporting by dpa