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On Surprise Visit To Kabul, UN Chief Calls For Political Solution To Afghan Conflict

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (center) visits a camp for internally displaced people outside Kabul on June 14.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has met with people displaced by the Afghan conflict after arriving in Kabul on a surprise visit.

All parties in the conflict should come together because "this is a war that has no military solution," Guterres said on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital on June 14.

"We need to have a political solution, we need to have peace," he added.

After landing in Kabul earlier in the day, Guterres wrote on Twitter that the UN "stands with Afghanistan at a time of violence and suffering."

Guterres's visit comes after a truck bombing killed more than 150 people in Kabul on May 31 in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since the ouster of the Taliban following the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

The UN secretary-general arrived in Kabul following a Central Asian tour during which he visited Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

UN Undersecretary-General Jan Kubis traveled to Kabul earlier this week "in the interest of completing a Security Council-requested strategic review" of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and its work, UNAMA said.

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