WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit "to assess progress toward the transition to Afghan-led security beginning this year, and to demonstrate the United States' commitment to a long-term partnership with Afghanistan," the White House announced Monday.
The trip is Biden's first to Afghanistan since becoming vice president, though he traveled there as vice president-elect in 2009.
According to a pool reporter traveling with Biden, he will meet Monday night with Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry to get an "update from them on the situation on the ground."
On Tuesday, Biden is scheduled to have lunch with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, to be followed by a larger meeting of officials from both nations.
Biden, sporting a Philadelphia Eagles cap, left from Andrews Air Force Base Sunday evening. Air Force Two refueled enroute to Kabul International Airport at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.