US President Donald Trump has promised a stepped-up military campaign against Taliban insurgents who have gained ground against the US-backed Afghan government.
Friday’s meeting was the latest in a series of high-level discussions on Afghanistan that has been bogged down by internal differences.
Steve Bannon was instrumental in some of Trump’s most contentious policy moves, including the immigration bans and abandoning the Paris climate accord.
The dispute between Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster and political strategist Stephen Bannon has reached destabilising levels of animosity.
Trump’s national security adviser H.R.McMaster had moved to replace Cohen-Watnick when concerns were raised in back in March.
While not a surprise, Sean Spicer’s departure was abrupt and accompanied other changes in President Trump’s media and legal teams.
India backed Mauritius’ resolution referring British control of the Archipelago to the ICJ but says it supports the US military presence in Diego Garcia.
The Trump administration is yet to articulate a cohesive strategy for restarting peace talks in the Middle East, leading to scepticism at home and abroad.
Despite the military and neoconservatives sharing hostility toward certain states, they don’t always see eye to eye, especially in terms of garnering multilateral support.
McMaster met President Ashraf Ghani and other senior Afghan officials to discuss bilateral ties, security, counter- terrorism, reforms, and development, according to a palace statement.
The continuation of the conflict in Afghanistan weakens US leverage over Pakistan, partly due to a continued dependence on Pakistan for air and ground lines of communication into Afghanistan.