U.S. defense secretary scraps Afghan trip due to weather condition

  • Date of Publication : 20/02/2017 at 10:52 GMT
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U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary said bad weather had forced him to scrap a visit to Afghanistan on Sunday but added that he was reviewing the next steps in the war after discussions with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the top U.S. commander.

“We’re putting our thoughts together now,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters in Abu Dhabi during his debut trip to the Middle East.

The U.S defense secretary earlier said that the U.S should pressure Pakistan to take practical steps towards the elimination of the terrorist sanctuaries in its territory.

The commander of the US forces in Afghanistan had also expressed hope that this approach will leave a positive impact in the fight against terrorism in the region.

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