Thursday, 19 September 2019

US, Taliban may again start fresh talks after Prez Trump cancels secret meet

Updated: September 9, 2019 11:18 am

United States and Afghanistan’s Taliban both have left the door open to fresh talks after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a secret meeting with Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

In a series of television interviews, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not rule out a return to talks but said the United States needed a significant commitment from the Taliban. He told the NBC that he is not pessimistic. In an interview with the ABC, he said he hopes that Taliban will change their behaviour and recommit to the things that US has been talking to them about for months. He asked Taliban to drop their long-running refusal to negotiate with Ghani’s internationally recognized government.

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