U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has arrived in Kabul to discuss efforts to root out corruption and other law-enforcement matters with senior Afghan and U.S. officials.
Holder said in a statement that the United States "will continue to assist the Afghan government in creating and sustaining the effective criminal justice system to which the Afghan people are entitled."
The trip to Kabul by Holder, the first by an American attorney general, comes at a time when the Obama administration is dealing with the change in command of the U.S.-led forces there fighting the Taliban and other militant insurgents.
It also comes on the heels of an accusation by Afghanistan's top prosecutor of interference by the U.S. ambassador to Kabul in Afghan affairs.
Afghan Attorney General Mohammad Ishaq Aloko said
Ambassador Karl Eikenberry told him that if he didn't jail a banker at the center of a suspected fraud case, "you must resign."