Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump meets top national security advisors to review US-Taliban peace plan

Trump meets top national security advisors to review US-Taliban peace plan

A US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said significant differences remained between the United States and the Taliban after an eighth round of talks ended in Qatar on Monday. "In continued close cooperation with the government of Afghanistan, we remain committed to achieving a comprehensive peace agreement", Pompeo said in a statement.

Trump has been a sceptic of the war, and all wars, and is said to be in a hurry to strike a deal and bring home American troops in time for his White House re-election bid in 2020.

"Discussions centered around our ongoing negotiations and eventual peace and reconciliation agreement with the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan". The latest round of talks concluded Monday in Qatar's capital, Doha, where the USA delegation and members of the Taliban negotiating team held discussions for nine days to try to iron out differences.

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"The explosion took place while Hafiz Ahmadullah was reading sermon".

They said that Ahamdullah was a respected Islamic scholar but had no links with the Taliban, taking over only after Haibatullah left to head up the Taliban in 2016. Allow no poisonous propaganda to disturb your patriotism.

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It is anticipated that the Afghan talks would develop a road map for Taliban inclusion in government and would address matters including the role of women in Afghanistan and other social issues.

Trump who is on a working vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, received the briefing from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other advisers on the talks, which have been handled by Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad.

However, the eight-round of talks that ended in Qatar on Monday showed significant differences between the United States and the Taliban, a USA defence official told Reuters.

The officials said the differences center on US demands that the insurgents publicly denounce ties to al-Qaida and other terror groups and agree to a nationwide cease-fire.

The Taliban were considering a ceasefire in places from which US forces withdraw, the second official said.

Trump, who has repeatedly questioned the billions of dollars spent in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, has made no secret of his desire for a US pullout from Afghanistan after 19 years of war triggered by the September 11, 2001, attacks.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came as speculation has reached fever pitch in Kabul that an announcement about a deal between the United States and the Taliban is imminent. The 10th Mountain Division Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Drum, New York, will deploy to Afghanistan later this year, and the 3rd Security Forces Assistance Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas, will go in to replace the 2nd SFAB, which does much of the training and advising of Afghan security forces around the country.

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