Trump calls off secret meeting with Taliban, Afghan leaders . President Donald Trump said Saturday he canceled a secret weekend meeting at Camp ,David with Taliban and Afghanistan leaders after a bombing this week in Kabul that killed 11 people, including an American soldier,
And has called off peace negotiations with the insurgent group. Trump has been under pressure from the Afghan government, lawmakers and some members of his administration ,
Who mistrust the Taliban and think it’s too early to withdraw American forces. The administration’s diplomat talking to the Taliban leaders for months in recent days said he was on the “threshold” of an agreement with the
Taliban aimed at ending America’s longest war. “Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan,
On Thursday, a Taliban car bomb exploded and killed an American soldier, The Defense Department says Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, 34, from Morovis Puerto Rico, was killed in action when the explosive device detonated near his vehicle.
“What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they only made it worse!” Trump tweeted. “If they cannot 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. How many more decades are they willing to fight?” It’s unclear if the U.S.-Taliban talks are over or only paused.
The U.S. envoy negotiating with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, abruptly returned to Qatar late last week for unexpected talks with the insurgents on the deal that he had described as complete just days earlier. Khalilzad said last Monday that the agreement “in principle” to begin a U.S. troop withdrawal only needed Trump’s approval.