Speaker John Boehner, joined by other senior House Republicans, are visiting Afghanistan to assess political and security interests, his office said on Monday.
The trip comes as Afghanistan held presidential and provincial council elections this weekend.
“Since shortly after 9/11,” Boehner said in a statement, “our troops have fought to bring peace and security to Afghanistan and to ensure it can never again be used as a safe haven for terrorists to attack the United States.”
“Now, the Afghans are poised to elect a new government for the first time in their history. We must honor the sacrifices of the Americans and Afghans who have given so much to reach this point and continue our work together.”
Boehner is accompanied on the trip by Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline; Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings; Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp; and Reps. Tom Latham of Iowa, Devin Nunes of California, Greg Walden of Oregon, and Steve Womack of Arkansas.
As part of the trip, the group met with American troops, as well as with Ambassador James B. Cunningham and Gen. Joseph Dunford.