Nov. 21 (UPI) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Afghan and Taliban negotiators in Qatar Friday to work via a impasse in peace negotiations.

The outgoing high diplomat arrived within the nation hours after a rocket strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed 11 folks and injured greater than two dozen others.

The Islamic State has claimed duty for the assault.

Pompeo advised negotiators the USA would “sit on the facet and assist the place we will” and mentioned methods to scale back violence within the nation, in response to a State Division spokesman.

Afghanistan’s authorities started negotiating in September in Doha after signing a deal in February, beneath which the U.S. agreed to withdraw overseas troops in alternate for a dedication from the Taliban to start negotiating.

Earlier this month the USA promised to withdraw 2,500 troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Pompeo additionally met with Qatari chief Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the deputy prime minister and the overseas prime minister, and thanked him for Qatar’s navy partnership on the Al Udeid Air Base.

Pompeo and Al-Thani additionally mentioned the necessity to work collectively to confront threats to stability within the area.

The Qatar go to is the newest cease on a 10-day, seven-nation tour of the Center East and Europe that started final week.

On Friday Pompeo wrapped what’s anticipated to be his closing journey to Israel as U.S. secretary of state by visiting a museum in Jerusalem based by an evangelical supporter of President Donald Trump.