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Pence, in surprise visit in Afghanistan, says: “the victory is closer than ever before”

US Vice-President Mike Pence, speaks to soldiers in a hangar on the airbase at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on 21. December 2017.

( REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool )

Vice-President Mike Pence made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Thursday, we would like to thank the several hundred servicemen and women for their service ahead of the Christmas holiday during the repetition, with the Afghan leadership, the American commitment to a lasting peace and security in the region.

The trip was kept secret for security reasons until after he arrived.

Speak in front of a 40-foot-wide American flag, the Vice President said, the troops, the United States would “we are making real progress,” and that they “put the Taliban on the offensive.”

“I think the victory is closer than ever before,” Pence said. “I believe wholeheartedly that Afghanistan will be free.”

Pence landed in Bagram airfield, the reports in an Air Force C-17 at 9:46 PM local time, according to pool. He then flew the Palace by helicopter for the President, where he met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the nation’s chief executive Abdullah Abdullah.

“It is a great honour for me to extend you greetings on behalf of President of Trump and have the opportunity to Express our appreciation for the ongoing partnership for security and prosperity here in Afghanistan,” Pence said the Afghan leader. “Thank you for your strong expression of support for President Trump South Asia strategy.”

Pence is traveling with the staff and the security. His family does not accompany him.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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