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On Thursday, the USA military dropped a GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, one of the largest conventional weapons ever used in combat, during an operation against Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan.

U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser met Afghan officials in Kabul on Sunday, amid questions over the new administration's plans for the military mission in Afghanistan after American forces unleashed a huge bomb there on militants.

McMaster who began his trip to the region with a stop-over in Afghanistan on Sunday, was in Pakistan on Monday where he met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad.

McMaster will appear on ABC's "This Week" following the US military's Thursday strike on ISIS tunnels in northeastern Afghanistan.

A statement from Ghani's office later said McMaster discussed security issues and counter-terrorism efforts as well as reforms aimed at tackling corruption.

On relations with India, the prime minister reiterated his firm conviction on sustained dialogue and meaningful engagement as the only way forward to resolve all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan including the Kashmir dispute.

Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan and the U.S. have been close friends over decades and that a continued strong partnership remained critical to promoting peace and stability in the wider region.

The Pentagon also rated the US backed Afghan Security Forces "promising but inconsistent" in their progress since the USA ended its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014.

The meeting was also attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Aziz, Fatemi, Janjua, and other senior officials.

Conveying Pakistan's concerns over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, Aziz reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to working with the global community to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in the war-torn country.

Aziz briefed Lt. Gen. McMaster on the policies being pursued by the Pakistan government that have resulted in improved security environment and economic turnaround in the country.

General McMaster thanked the Adviser and acknowledged Pakistan's sacrifices in combating extremism and terrorism.

He also stressed on the importance of effective border management to achieve sustainable peace in the region.

Trump announced on Wednesday he is sending McMaster to Afghanistan to assess the situation for United States troops on the ground.

  • Joey Payne