The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milli, met with Taliban officials in Qatar this week on an unannounced trip to the Middle East.
Milli met with Taliban representatives in Doha as part of the military negotiation channel stipulated by the US-Taliban agreement, Joint Headquarters spokeswoman Sarah Flaherty said in a written statement.
“The Chairman highlighted the need to immediately de-escalate the violence and accelerate progress towards a negotiated political solution that will promote regional stability and protect US national interests,” she said.
During his visit to the region, Milli also met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Flaherty said.
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced last month that the United States would withdraw about 2,000 more of its troops from Afghanistan by January 15, 2021 – just days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
After that, about 2,500 American troops will remain in Afghanistan.