Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Taliban now 'ready' for peace talks with the US

Taliban now 'ready' for peace talks with the US

Trump was joined by a handful of aides, including Grisham, incumbent chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, national security advisor Robert O Brien, social media director at White House Dan Scavino, and adjutants Dan Walsh and Judd Deere. There, he served turkey to soldiers dressed in fatigues and sat down for a meal.

The Afghan trip came after Mr Trump abruptly broke off peace talks with the Taleban in September, cancelling a secret meeting with Taleban and Afghan leaders at the Camp David presidential retreat after a particularly deadly spate of violence, including a bombing in Kabul that killed 12 people, among them an American soldier. "And we'll see what happens". "And we're saying it has to be a ceasefire".

Neither the Taliban nor the Afghan government indicated the sides were close to a cease-fire agreement, despite Trump's assertion while visiting USA troops in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving on Thursday that the Taliban was ready to strike a deal.

That ended a almost yearlong effort by the United States to reach a political settlement with the Taliban.

A top U.S. General has said the Afghan talks may produce a positive outcome in the "near term" as efforts are underway to revive negotiations which the U.S. President Donald Trump in September.

He also delivered an address to them. So Trump is making demands for the talks even though the Taliban may not be expecting that as part of the deal.

"We were getting close and we pulled back".

The article also now includes details about Trump's visit to USA troops in Afghanistan and an editor's note at the bottom of the article reads: "This story has been substantially updated and edited at 6:17 pm EST to reflect the president's surprise trip to Afghanistan".

Trump has been eager for a signature foreign policy victory ahead of the November 2020 USA elections, with few signs of breakthroughs in his diplomacy with North Korea or from his pressure campaign against Iran. Ghani thanked the Americans who have made the "ultimate sacrifice" in Afghanistan.

Ghani, before a sea of troops, complimented the president for taking out leadership of the region's major terrorist groups.

The US president boards Air Force One at Ramstein Air Field, Germany, following the visit.

"President Trump's continued willingness to pursue political settlement in Afghanistan by resuming dialogue with the Taliban is a positive development", Qureshi told reporters on Saturday in Multan, a northeastern city of Pakistan, according to the the state-run Pakistan Television.

When he went to Afghanistan, he left Wednesday night before boarding a military plane at an undisclosed airport before going to Joint Base Andrews.

Back in Washington, the president's relations with the U.S. military leadership have recently soured over his repeated interference in high-profile discipline cases. Most cabin lights turned off and the curtains stayed shut. "It will probably work out that way", he said. The 13th journalist on the Afghanistan trip - a television correspondent - was aboard that flight and described it in a pool report as "bare-bones, except for four blue leather chairs and a moderately fancy port-a-potty that had been brought in for the occasion". "He and Mrs. Trump recognize that there's a lot of people far away from their families during the holidays and we thought it'd be a nice surprise".

Shortly after midnight, Trump and his entourage departed.

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