US Defense Secretary Mattis Arrives In Kabul

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said elements of the Taliban are open to talks with the Afghan government.

Mattis' remarks came as he arrived into the Afghan capital Kabul weeks after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban.

The insurgents have so far given no formal response to Kabul's offer for negotiations.

But Mattis said some insurgent leaders have expressed an interest in discussions.

Ghani's peace plan includes eventually recognizing the Taliban as a political party.

The insurgent group has said it was prepared to negotiate, but only with the us and not with the Kabul government.