Trump Announces Resumption Of Talks with Taliban
Trump Announces Resumption Of Talks with Taliban US President Donald Trump paid a surprise visit to American troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day and announced that they were resuming talks with the Taliban.
“The Taliban want to make a deal and we are meeting with them, but we also say that there must be a cease-fire,” said Trump, who was on his way to Bagram Air Base outside Kabul, the Afghan capital.
Trump had announced in September that he was ending talks with the Taliban that had been going on for nearly a year to bring an end to the conflict in Afghanistan.
The American politician had also canceled a secret meeting to be held at Camp David with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Taliban leaders.
U.S. talks with the Taliban to end their 18-year operation have been halted on the grounds that an American soldier was killed in an attack by the Taliban.
Shir Mohammad Abbas Stanikzay, the chief negotiator for the Taliban in Afghanistan, who halted months of negotiations as he was about to reach an agreement, declared that his “doors are open” if Trump wants to continue the talks.
President Trump had promised an end to the war in Afghanistan during his election campaign in 2016.
But he later announced that instead of withdrawing all of the troops, he wanted to reduce the number of troops to 8,600. There are 13 thousand American soldiers in Afghanistan right now.
“There’s no place I want to be on Thanksgiving other than here,” Trump said at a Thanksgiving dinner he held with American soldiers.
Trump, who has long stressed that he wants to end the wars ‘indefinitely’ involving the United States, also said the war with Afghanistan could be resolved in a political way, not on the frontline.
Last week, the Taliban handed over an American and an Australian prisoner they had held for three years in exchange for three high-level prisoners.