Taliban seek US' clarification on stalled peace talks

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

"We call on the United States and Taliban to continue their negotiations for outcomes to let the seed of peace to take root in Afghanistan and create conditions for the final settlement of the Afghanistan issue", she said.

The result of nine rounds of peace talks in Qatar, the agreement would have paved the way for the closure of five American bases within 135 days.

Senator Mitt Romney said that "it wouldn't have been my choice to have the Taliban at Camp David" - an opinion echoed by Senator Ron Johnson, who said he was "glad" the talks were not held there. "I hope it's the case the Taliban will change their behaviour and recommit to things we've talked about", he added further. What's happening is this. "That's not going to happen".

Trump tweeted Saturday that he canceled an until-then-clandestine weekend meeting at Camp David with Taliban representatives and Afghanistan leaders.

Bringing US troops home is one of Trump's main foreign policy objectives and the Republican president said his administration was thinking about a drawdown of 14 000 US soldiers in the country.

"If they can not agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don't have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway", Trump said on Twitter on Saturday. It's where peace has been negotiated many, many times.

"So, they are dead as far as I'm concerned".

In his Twitter posts on Saturday, Trump said that he aborted the meeting because the Taliban, in what he described as an attempt to "build false leverage", had staged a suicide vehicle bomb attack in Kabul that killed 12 people including a US soldier. "So that's the way it is", he said.

Trump, who has said he would like to reduce USA troop numbers to about 8,600, addressed promises made since his presidential campaign to leave Afghanistan.

Three days later, three explosions rocked Kabul, killing dozens of people, including a United States soldier. The Taliban has said that its negotiators would have traveled to the USA only after an agreement with the US was announced and would meet only with USA officials, which rules out a summit with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Almost 14,000 American troops are now deployed in the country. “I would never tell you. "We have to have proof that it's delivered", he said.

The Taliban "are the people who are partially responsible for our loved ones dying and other Americans dying", Riches said, but "I'd like to see it end". I'm not looking to discuss it.

The two sides had reached a draft agreement in principle after more than a year of negotiations on the withdrawal of United States troops from the war-torn country.

The objective is to make "the Afghan security forces stronger so that they can fight worldwide terrorism and create the conditions for peace", the official said. “Well, that's always the question.

"We strongly believe that the decision that was taken by President Trump is a genuine reflection of the concerns not only the Afghan people have in regard to a flawed deal, or a deal that will only give elevation - or leverage - to a group that is heavily involved in violence", Sediqqi said.

“We could have that over with very, very rapidly, but you would lose millions and millions of lives, and I don't want to do that. But given the U.S.' limited options after 18 years of engagement in Afghanistan, it's worth a try. "But we'll get out at the right time". "They did a mistake".

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