Trump Cancels Meeting with Taliban After Afghanistan Bombing
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Peace talks between the U.S., leaders from Afghanistan, and the Taliban were called off after the Taliban announced they were behind a bombing in Kabul last week that resulted in the death of a U.S. soldier.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday the Taliban “overreached” and showed that they cannot be trusted to move forward with a peace process at this point in time.
President Trump revealed initial plans for the meeting and the ensuing cancellation Saturday night, asserting that he called it off due to the Taliban’s role in the attack.
....an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2019
The President added that if the Taliban cannot agree to a ceasefire, "then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway."
....only made it worse! 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?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2019
Pompeo echoed the President's comments in an interview with Fox News, saying the administration is “looking for more than words on paper,” and that the Taliban has demonstrated that they cannot commit to peace at this time. Pompeo added, however, that the peace talks could take place in the future depending on circumstances.
Hopes for future meetings seem unlikely, however, as the Taliban has since announced that the decision to cancel peace talks will result in the loss of additional U.S. troops' lives.
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