Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on 'surprise' visit today

Tillerson's visit to Afghanistan set social media aflutter Tuesday after Afghan officials released a photo that had seemingly been doctored to disguise the fact that it took place at Bagram, a secure military base, rather than Kabul, which was hit by multiple militant attacks last week.

It is imperative at the end that we are denying safe haven to any terrorist organizations or any extremists to any part of this world, "Tillerson said. It will be based upon whether they take action that we feel is necessary to move the process forward of both creating the opportunity for reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan, but also ensuring a stable future Pakistan", Tillerson said.

During a short part of the meeting available to media, Tillerson told the Pakistani delegation that the nuclear-armed nation was an important US ally in the region.

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"I think the USA has made it clear in terms of our support for Afghanistan, support for a sovereign, unified, and democratic Afghanistan, charting a path to peace, prosperity, and self-reliance".

Tillerson is on a five-nation visit from October 20-27, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan and Switzerland, according to the US State Department.

Tillerson, who is on a week-long trip that began in Saudi Arabia and will also take him to Pakistan and India, arrived without public announcement due to security concerns. The rescue operation was carried out by the Pakistan military on an intelligence tip from the United States.

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United States and Pakistani sources say Tillerson's visit to Islamabad will be followed later in the year by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as Trump seeks to send a tough message to the wayward Cold War ally.

In September, India worked with Afghanistan and identified priorities and projects where Kabul needed New Delhi's assistance.

The apparent adjustment of the photo-which a photo expert says still showed a cable that would've powered the clock and fire alarm-might have been an attempt to hide the meeting's location, or to "project strength and advance a positive narrative about the country's security", notes Fox News.

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President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, in New Delhi.


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