Ashraf Ghani
Ashraf Ghani

Afghanistan has brought on DLA Piper to handle its communications with US government officials as president Trump has famously expressed his desire to “Get the Hell out of Afghanistan.”

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis made an unannounced visit to Kabul earlier this month in an effort to restart peace talks with the Taliban.

The US team met with Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah to discuss peace talks and other issues, according to the Sept. 7 New York Times.

It reported the Americans departed from previous US insistence that talks with the Taliban should begin with the Afghan government, which the Taliban dismiss as a “puppet regime.”

The US invaded Afghanistan 17 years ago in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.

DLA Piper’s Jessica Woolley and Matthew Bernstein help Afghanistan’s DC Embassy in its interactions with the Trump White House, Congress and individuals/groups involved in US public policy matters.

The firm bills the Afghans on an hourly basis.