Donald Trump cancels peace talks with Taliban

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President Donald Trump said Saturday he canceled negotiations with Taliban leaders over a peace deal in Afghanistan after insurgents claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that killed an American soldier and 11 others in central Kabul on Thursday.

The US president said he planned to hold a secret meeting on Sunday with prominent Taliban leaders at the presidential residence in Camp David, Maryland. He added that he also plans to meet his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani.

But the White House tenant said he backtracked as soon as he learned that the Taliban were responsible for Thursday’s attack in the Afghan capital.

If they can not agree on a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and are even prepared to kill 12 innocent people, then they probably do not have the authority to negotiate an important agreement of any kind. way.

President Donald Trump on Twitter

How many more decades are they ready to fight? , wrote the US president on Twitter.

US emissaries began negotiations with Taliban delegates in late 2018 in Qatar to end eighteen years of conflict.

A draft agreement had just been found; it was to pave the way for a partial withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the opening of an “inter-Afghan” dialogue. The text was submitted for signature by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who was not involved in the process.

Virulent reaction

The Taliban said Sunday that US President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the peace talks would lead to more deaths in the US camp.

Americans will suffer more than anyone else for the cancellation of the talks.

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman of the insurgent group

For the Afghan presidency, there will be no peace until the Taliban has declared a ceasefire.

The United States entered Afghanistan in 2001 to bring down the Taliban regime that had refused to hand over members of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda group to the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

Some 14,000 US troops are currently stationed in Afghanistan, about 5,000 of whom are serving in counter-insurgency operations.

A visiting US Army commander on Saturday in Islamabad, the capital of neighboring Pakistan where many Taliban fighters are based, told journalists accompanying him that the resurgence of Taliban attacks in Afghanistan was “particularly counterproductive.” “.

General Kenneth McKenzie, who oversees US troops deployed in the region, declined to comment on the diplomatic negotiations.

For the peace process to move forward, he said, “all parties must be committed to a potential political settlement” of the conflict, which in turn must lead to a reduction of violence.

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