"We continue to encourage that process to move forward," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters yesterday.

"It is absolutely true that Afghanistan remains a dangerous place; there's no question about that. Today's attack underscores that," he said referring to the latest suicide attack in Kabul that killed at least 20 people.

It also underscores the importance of the continued international mission in Afghanistan to continue to improve the capability, confidence and competence of Afghan National Security Forces, Kirby said.

The Afghan National Security Forces continue to do an admirable job inside the country and even when an attack like today happens, responding effectively and efficiently as best they can, he stated.

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