Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made a surprise visit to Afghanistan. The move comes as a surprise as the United States focuses on fighting back against the coronavirus.
According to The Hill:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Monday in an effort to end a political crisis that has stalled U.S. efforts to end the war there.
Pompeo’s trip came even as most official government travel has been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Pompeo met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Ghani’s chief rival, Abdullah Abdullah, who have been locked in a power struggle since Afghanistan’s September elections.
Afghanistan’s election commission declared Ghani the winner of the elections last month, but Abdullah continues to dispute the results. Ghani and Abdullah held dueling inauguration ceremonies earlier this month, and Abdullah has vowed to form a parallel government.
Despite the focus being on the response to the pandemic the United States continues to conduct business around the globe.