March 25, 2020 / 4:41 PM / 14 days ago

Pompeo says his visit to Afghanistan was 'very frustrating'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a news conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S., March 25, 2020. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he was frustrated after a daylong visit to Afghanistan this week in which he failed to mediate an end to a leadership feud between President Ashraf Ghani and political rival Abdullah Abdullah.

“I’ll be honest, it was very frustrating,” Pompeo said at a State Department news briefing. However, he said efforts would continue to convince all the parties in the conflict to embrace peace and reconcilation and that he remained optimistic about the prospects for intra-Afghan peace talks.

Reporting by Jonathan Landay, Arshad Mohammed, Editing by Doina Chiacu

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