US President Donald Trump announced on July 7 that he would cancel separate meetings with Taliban negotiators and Afghan President, and suspend peace talks with the Taliban.
The Taliban, while negotiating a peace agreement with the U.S. government, launched frequent attacks, killing a U.S. soldier on the 5th.
Trump announced on Tuesday via social media Twitter that he had planned to meet secretly with Taliban negotiators and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David, the presidential resort in Maryland, on the 8th.
Trump wrote, They came to America tonight. Regrettably, in order to increase the wrong bargaining chip, they admitted that an attack in Kabul killed one American soldier and 11 civilians. I immediately cancelled the meeting and suspended the peace negotiations.
During negotiations with the United States, the Taliban did not stop their attacks. The rebels launched an attack near the US Embassy in Kabul on May 5, killing US soldier Ellis A. Bareto Ortiz, a Romanian soldier and 10 civilians. In addition, the Taliban have attacked the northern cities of Kunduz and Plhumri in the past two weeks.
Trump believes that the Talibans attacks have made the situation worse. If they do not agree to a cease-fire or even kill 12 innocent people during important peace negotiations, they may not be able to negotiate meaningful agreements.
Sources who did not want to be named told CNN that the White House, the Taliban and the Afghan government are discussing new dates for their meetings. CNN reported that it was not clear whether the Taliban would make a substantive and speedy commitment before the meeting. Some people suspected that canceling the meeting first and rearranging the time was Trumps negotiating strategy.
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The Taliban did not respond immediately. Trumps decision seemed to surprise them, Reuters reported.
The Associated Press reported that Trumps intention to meet Taliban members a few days before the September 11 anniversary was surprising and that the suspension of peace talks contradicted his previous commitment to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
The United States launched the war in Afghanistan and overthrew the Taliban regime after the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. After the war, the situation in Afghanistan continued to be turbulent, with at least 2,400 U.S. troops killed so far. With the Taliban growing in power in recent years, the U.S. government has to negotiate with the Taliban. Since the end of last year, the two sides have held nine rounds of negotiations.
According to Zalme Khalilzad, the United States Governments Special Representative for Reconciliation in Afghanistan, the United States and the Taliban reached an agreement on the principle of the peace agreement. According to the draft agreement, the United States will withdraw 5,000 people from five military bases in Afghanistan within 135 days. The Taliban promised that Afghanistan would not become a habitat for extremist organizations after the withdrawal of the U.S. forces.
Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command, believes that the Talibans series of attacks at this time is particularly detrimental to peace negotiations and that all parties should work towards a final political solution to reduce violence.
Afghan Presidents Office said on the 8th that only when the Taliban agree to a ceasefire and have direct dialogue with the Afghan government can peace be truly achieved. (Bao Xuelin) (Special Release of Xinhua News Agency)
Source: Xinhua responsible editor: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026