WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump says that as far as he’s concerned, Afghanistan peace talks with the Taliban are dead.
A secret meeting had been arranged at Camp David for the weekend, almost exactly on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that led to the U.S. invading Afghanistan, but Trump called it off.
Trump said his administration is “looking at” whether to proceed with troop reductions that had been one element of the preliminary deal with the Taliban struck by presidential envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.
The president says, “We’d like to get out, but we’ll get out at the right time.”
Trump and the Taliban are blaming each other for the collapse of nearly a year of U.S.-Taliban negotiations in Doha, Qatar.