Trump to discuss Taliban talks, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

  • 19/08/2019
Trump to discuss Taliban talks, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

According a senior administration official, it was planned that US President Donald Trump will meet with senior US advisers on talks with the Taliban and a possible political resolution on Friday that could trigger the retreat of US forces from Afghanistan.


During a working holiday at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump was to get an afternoon reporting from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other advisers to receive upgraded data on the negotiations held by Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad.

The US military presence in Afghanistan dates back to 2001, since then-President George W. Bush introduced a repulsive against al-Qaeda, which the Taliban authorities adopted after September 11, 2001.

Trump was adamant that he wanted to pull out US troops, potentially ahead of the November 2020 elections, although the withdrawal of some members of the national security community would originate issues that the United States might sacrifice the achievements they made there.

US Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, Trump's associate, said any agreement should permit the United States to keep a presence in Afghanistan.

A senior administration official claims the determination was not inevitably anticipated from a Bedminster meeting, but Trump was very open that he wished to return the troops home.

Talks with the Taliban centered around a potential deal on the retreat of US troops and talks on a political resolution between the rebels and a delegation consisting of government officials and authorities.

Khalilzad also pressured nine rounds of talks in Qatar to stop the Taliban from al-Qaeda, agree to stop Afghanistan from being used as a foundation for extremist crushes, and accept a nationwide ceasefire while intra-Afghan negotiations keep going.

Both sides expected that the deal was close. Khalilzad has continuously mentioned that nothing was approved until everything was agreed.


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