Pompeo meets Taliban, Afghan negotiators in Doha

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met negotiators from the Afghan authorities and the Taliban in Doha, amidst indicators of progress of their stalled talks and an uptick in violence that threatens to jeopardise the peace push within the war-torn nation.
This was the primary assembly of the highest American diplomat with the Taliban and the Afghans representatives after the US’ latest announcement that it’s going to cut back the variety of American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 every by January 15 subsequent yr.
The US presently has somewhat over 4,500 troops in Afghanistan.
“Met with each Taliban and Islamic Republic of Afghanistan‘s negotiating groups in Doha. I commend each side for persevering with to barter and for the progress they’ve made. I encourage expedited discussions on a political roadmap and a everlasting and complete ceasefire,” Pompeo mentioned in tweet on Saturday.

Pompeo met in the present day with Taliban Political Deputy and Head of the Political Workplace Mullah Beradar and members of the Taliban negotiating group, State Division Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown mentioned.
Throughout the assembly, Pompeo counseled each side for persevering with to barter and for the progress they’ve made, he mentioned.
In his assembly with the Taliban, Pompeo counseled each side for persevering with to barter and for the progress they’ve made. He referred to as for a big discount in violence and inspired expedited discussions on a political roadmap and a everlasting and complete ceasefire.
“Pompeo and the negotiators mentioned methods to scale back violence, and he inspired expedited discussions on a political roadmap and a everlasting and complete ceasefire,” Brown mentioned.
Pompeo reiterated that the folks of Afghanistan anticipate and should reside in peace and safety after 40 years of conflict and bloodshed, he mentioned, including tha the US Secretary of State additionally meet with Qatari International Minister Al Thani in Doha and talk about bilateral and regional points
“We recognize Qatar’s ongoing help as a bunch to the Afghan peace negotiations. A united Gulf stays essential for countering Iran‘s malign affect within the area,” Pompeo mentioned in one other tweet.

The US signed an settlement with the Taliban in February to advertise a negotiated finish to the protracted battle. Afghan authorities and Taliban negotiators have been assembly in Doha regularly to attempt to dealer a peace deal however have but to yield any main breakthrough.
In the meantime, violence in Afghanistan has spiked in latest months.
Pompeo’s go to got here within the wake of a rocket assault which struck densely populated areas of Kabul, killing not less than eight folks within the newest outbreak of violence within the Afghan capital.

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