US reopens peace talks with Afghan Taliban – Trump

ISLAMABAD, President Donald Trump announced on Thursday, during a surprise visit to Afghanistan, that the US reopened the peace talks with Taliban rebels just three months after he scuttled the negotiations.

In an address to the US troops at the Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Trump said, “We’re going to stay until such time as we have a deal, or we have total victory, and they want to make to make a deal very badly.” “The Taliban wants to make a deal; we’ll see if they make a deal. If they do, they do, and if they don’t they don’t. That’s fine,” the president said, reaffirming commitment to bring the number of US troops in Afghanistan down.

“We’re bringing down the number of troops substantially. We will continue to work tirelessly until the day when we can bring each and every one of you home and safe to your family- and that day is coming.

“There is nowhere that I’d rather celebrate this Thanksgiving than right here with the toughest, strongest best and bravest warriors on the face of the Earth,” Trump added.

President Trump held a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani where he announced the restart of the peace negotiations with the Taliban.

“The Taliban wants to make a deal and we’re meeting with them and we’re saying it has to be a cease fire and they didn’t want to do a cease fire and now they do want to do a cease fire. I believe it’ll probably work out that way,” he noted.

Trump abruptly broke off peace talks with the Taliban rebels more than two months ago after a bombing in Kabul killed 12 people, including an American soldier. Thursday’s trip is the president’s first to Afghanistan and his second to a conflict-hit country after his visit to Iraq in last December.

Source: Kuwait News Agency