WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has visited Afghanistan and met with the country's defense and interior ministers, the Pentagon said Monday.
According to Pentagon Press Secretary George Little, Carter met with Afghan Minister of Defense Bismillah Khan Mohammadi and Minister of Interior Ghulam Mujtaba Patang on Oct. 21 in Afghanistan.
Little said Carter traveled to Afghanistan specifically to " emphasize the U.S. commitment to the Afghan National Security Forces and the ongoing development of the Afghan forces' enabling capabilities."
Carter and the Afghan ministers pledged to work together on the sustained development of the Afghan National Security Force and reviewing efforts to prevent insider attacks.
Insider attacks have been plaguing the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, the attacks have seen dozens of foreign troops killed, and hobbled the partnered operations they conducted with the Afghan side, as well as the training they provide for the Afghans.