Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Afghanistan on Wednesday on an unannounced visit to urge leaders there to continue reconciliation efforts with the Taliban, the Associated Press reported.
Clinton, arriving in Kabul after a brief trip to Libya, will hold talks with President Hamid Karzai and other top officials, encouraging them to keep up efforts to convince militants to lay down their weapons. Optimism that Taliban leaders will ever join in the peace process has hit a new low with the recent assassination of the country's top peace negotiator, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, and a spate of high-profile attacks.
With Afghan forces slated to take security control of the country by 2014, Clinton will also be working with leaders there to reach a security agreement for after U.S. troops withdraw, the AP reports.
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