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In pictures: Trump s unannounced maiden visit to Afghanistan as US president

President Donald Trump on Thursday said the United States had resumed talks with Taliban insurgents as he made a surprise trip to Afghanistan to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with troops. On a brief visit to Bagram Airfield outside the capital Kabul, Trump served turkey dinner to soldiers, posed for photographs and delivered a speech after meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. It was his first to Afghanistan since becoming president and came a week after a prisoner swap between Washington and Kabul that has raised hopes for a long elusive peace deal. Before taking the secret 13-hour flight to Afghanistan, Trump had been expected to spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida and to make video calls to US troops deployed abroad. US President Donald Trump s plane Air Force One is seen on the tarmac during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP US President Donald Trump serves US troops food at a Thanksgiving dinner event during a surprise visit at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on November 28. — Reuters Soldiers take pictures of US President Donald Trump (unseen) during a Thanksgiving dinner to US troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise visit on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP US President Donald Trump serves Thanksgiving dinner to US troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise visit on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP US President Donald Trump speaks to US troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise visit on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP “I ve just come from serving Thanksgiving dinner to some of you [...] and we had a good time.” Trump joked that he had just started eating when he was called away, and didn t even get to taste his turkey. — AFP On a brief visit to Bagram Airfield outside the capital Kabul, Trump served turkey dinner to soldiers, posed for photographs and delivered a speech after meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. — AFP It was his first to Afghanistan since becoming president and came a week after a prisoner swap between Washington and Kabul that has raised hopes for a long elusive peace deal. — AFP President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States had resumed talks with Taliban insurgents as he made a surprise trip to Afghanistan to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with troops. — AFP Afghan s President Ashraf Ghani speaks to the troops as US President Donald Trump listens during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field on November 28 in Afghanistan — AFP US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley before addressing the troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP Members of the news media, US Air Force and US Secret Service line up to enter Air Force One, following US President Trump s remarks to US troops in an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan on November 28. — Reuters President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One on November 29 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Trump is en route back to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., after a surprise visit to Afghanistan. — AP


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