Acting Pentagon chief visits Kabul, denies troops cut Feb 12, 2019 0 313 12345 dpaKabulThe acting US Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan arrived in the Afghan capital for an unannounced visit on Monday, meeting with top officials from NATO and the government.Shanahan held discussions in Kabul with Scott Miller, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, as well as the country’s defence minister and national security advisor.Shanahan, who took up the acting post in January after Jim Mattis stepped down, is on his first visit to Afghanistan. It comes as Washington increases pressure on the government to reach a peace deal with the Taliban after 18 years of war. The Afghan Office of the National Security Council said Hamdullah Mohib, the country’s national security advisor, had discussed the peace process with Shanahan.“Both sides agreed & reassured that the achievements of the past 18 years of the people and the Government of Afghanistan will not go in vain after a possible successful peace deal,” it tweeted.Shanahan was expected to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the evening. US representatives have met the Taliban for talks at least five times since July, with the last meeting held last month.The discussions focused on two issues: The complete withdrawal of foreign troops and how to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists once again. In Kabul, Shanahan blasted earlier US media reports saying President Donald Trump was planning to drastically reduce troop levels.“There are no orders to reduce US troop levels in Afghanistan,” he said. There are currently around 14,000 US troops stationed in Afghanistan. RELATED ARTICLES Priyanka ‘magic’ draws thousands at debut roadshow in Lucknow Feb 12, 2019 0 355 Bangladesh stops trafficking of more Rohingyas to Malaysia Feb 12, 2019 0 356 Philippine measles death toll hits 70 Feb 12, 2019 0 1300 Pakistan, International Monetary Fund inching closer to deal dpa Islamabad Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are inching closer to striking a deal to help the country overcome a deepening economic crisis, Pakistan’s finance minister said on Monday. “Pakistan is .. Rahul shuts door on BSP-SP alliance, says Cong will contest polls with full might Lucknow: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday virtually shut the doors on the BSP and Samajwadi Party and said that while he respected their leaders Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, there should be no doubt that his .. Trinamool links BJP with killing of its party MLA IANS Kolkata Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee on Monday blamed the BJP for party MLA Satyajit Biswas’ murder and claimed those who are seeking protection from central leaders in Delhi will be brought back and put .. Chinese woman in trouble after throwing drink at Philippine cop Manila: A Philippine police officer on Monday filed criminal complaints against a Chinese woman who threw a soft tofu drink at him during an argument at an overhead train station in the capital. Police officer William .. EU threatens to end Cambodia’s trade perks on rights record Brussels: The European Union launched proceedings Monday against Cambodia that could see the south-east Asian country lose its preferential trade access to the bloc if it does not improve its record on human rights, .. Toppled Malaysian leader Najib’s 1MDB trial delayed AFP Kuala Lumpur Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak’s trial over a massive financial scandal that contributed to his government’s downfall was postponed Monday, in a blow to slow-moving efforts to bring the .. No one in India can repay cow’s debt, says PM Modi Vrindavan: PM Narendra Modi on Monday said that no one in the country can repay the debt of the cow’s milk, saying the bovine has been an important part of India’s tradition and culture. At a public gathering here, the Prime ..