U.S. secretary says US remains committed to Afghanistan


WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 - The U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense said Thursday to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and told him that the United States remains committed to Afghanistan in the face of Taliban violence.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Ghani Washington that the United States was reducing its civilian footprint in Kabul given the emerging security situation and would increase the tempo of Special Immigration Visa flights for Afghans who helped the U.S. effort in the country, the statement said.

They also said that the United States remains committed to maintaining a strong diplomatic and security relationship with the Afghan government, it said.