Trump halted talks with the Taliban, aimed at striking a deal for US and other foreign troops to withdraw in exchange for Taliban security guarantees, after it carried out a bomb attack in Kabul last month that killed 12 people, including a USA soldier.
The U.S. has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of the U.S. -led coalition training and advising the Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorism operations against insurgents.
"That is the best way forward", Esper told reporters traveling with him to Afghanistan.
Esper´s visit - his first to Afghanistan since being confirmed as Pentagon chief in July - comes amid deep uncertainty about the fate of the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan after talks between Washington and the Taliban collapsed.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul Sunday on an unannounced visit, an Afghan official said. President Donald Trump had ordered a troop withdrawal in conjunction with the peace talks that would have left about 8,600 American forces in the country. He visited Afghanistan in his previous job as a US Army secretary.
He wouldn't say how lengthy he believes it could be earlier than a brand new peace accord might be achieved.
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In early October, a month after the peace agreement collapsed, Khalilzad met with the Taliban in Islamabad, Pakistan, but it was not clear what progress, if any, was being made.
Esper's arrival in Kabul got here as Afghan authorities leaders delayed the deliberate announcement of preliminary outcomes of final month's presidential election.
Pelosi said her delegation was briefed by USA diplomats on reconciliation efforts with the Taliban and also met Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and civil society leaders, including Afghan women.
Ghani is thought to be in a two-man race with Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah as the vote count continues following a September 28 presidential election, the latest in the South Asian country of around 35 million to be held under threat of violence by the Taliban and its allies.
Officers stated the announcement of preliminary outcomes has been delayed as a effect of issues with the transparency of the method, delays in transferring poll papers and delays in transferring information from a biometric system into the primary server.
Ghani also met with Esper and discussed a range of topics including the security situation in Afghanistan and the region, the fight against administrative corruption, war on terrorism, and peace with the Taliban in Arg on Sunday night, according to the statement. Trump, since his 2016 presidential campaign, has spoken of a need to withdraw USA troops from the "endless war" in Afghanistan. He has complained that the USA has been serving as policemen in Afghanistan, and says that's not the American navy's job.