World: After Trump's Kabul visit, Taliban says ready to resume peace talks - - PressFrom - US
  •   
  •   
  •   

World After Trump's Kabul visit, Taliban says ready to resume peace talks

12:45  29 november  2019
12:45  29 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Chances of successful Afghanistan peace talks higher than before: U.S. general

  Chances of successful Afghanistan peace talks higher than before: U.S. general Chances of successful Afghanistan peace talks higher than before: U.S. generalKABUL (Reuters) - The top U.S. general said on Wednesday that the chances of a successful outcome from peace talks on ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan were higher than before and could happen in the "near term.

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban said on Friday they were ready to restart peace talks with the United States, a day after President Donald Trump made a surprise Trump ’ s Thanksgiving Day visit was his first to Afghanistan since becoming president and came a week after a prisoner swap between

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — President Trump paid an unannounced Thanksgiving visit to American troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and declared that he had reopened peace negotiations with the Taliban less than three months after scuttling talks in hopes of ending 18 years of war.

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban said on Friday they were ready to restart peace talks with the United States, a day after President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said he believed the radical group would agree to a ceasefire.

Trump's Thanksgiving Day visit was his first to Afghanistan since becoming president and came a week after a prisoner swap between Washington and Kabul that has raised hopes for a long elusive peace deal to end the 18-year-long war.

Trump returns to Florida after whirlwind Afghanistan trip

  Trump returns to Florida after whirlwind Afghanistan trip President Trump arrived in Florida early Friday morning following his surprise whirlwind trip to Afghanistan to see U.S. troops on Thanksgiving in his first visit to the country as president. © Getty Trump returns to Florida after whirlwind Afghanistan trip Trump's plane touched down at Palm Beach International Airport shortly before 7 a.m., according to reporters traveling with the president. Trump was spotted wearing a red campaign hat when departing the plane, before taking a short drive to his Mar-a-Lago resort.

President tweets that he called off planned Camp David meeting after Kabul attack killed US soldier.

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that talks with the Taliban resumed as he sought an end to The president canceled a secret meeting with Taliban and Afghan leaders after a particularly deadly spate of violence broke out in Kabul . Trump ' s cancelled peace talks with the Taliban .

"The Taliban wants to make a deal and we are meeting with them," Trump told reporters after arriving in Afghanistan on Thursday.

"We say it has to be a ceasefire and they didn't want to do a ceasefire and now they want to do a ceasefire, I believe. It will probably work out that way."

Taliban leaders have told Reuters that the group has been holding meetings with senior U.S. officials in Doha since last weekend, adding they could soon resume formal peace talks.

Donald Trump et al. looking at each other: FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump makes an unannounced visit to U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan © Reuters/Tom Brenner FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump makes an unannounced visit to U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan

On Friday, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the hardline Islamist insurgent group, said they were "ready to restart the talks" that collapsed after Trump had called them off earlier this year.

Taliban say they freed US, Australian hostage for 3 Taliban

  Taliban say they freed US, Australian hostage for 3 Taliban The Taliban said they freed on Tuesday an American and an Australian hostage held since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures who were released by the Kabul government and flown out of Afghanistan the previous day. © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this May 3, 2019, photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks on the last day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. Taliban officials have told The Associated Press that three Taliban prisoners released by Kabul have been flown to Qatar for a swap for an American and an Australian hostage held by the insurgents.

President Donald Trump said Saturday that Taliban leaders were to travel to the US for secret peace talks White House shifts description of Trump hospital visit . Late-night hosts enjoy Vindman' s Trump says secret meeting with Taliban was canceled. Sen. Amy Klobuchar came ready to debate.

President makes Thanksgiving visit to airbase near Kabul and confirms talks with extremists have resumed .

"Our stance is still the same. If peace talks start, it will be resumed from the stage where it had stopped," Mujahid told Reuters.

Trump canceled peace negotiations in September after the militant group claimed responsibility for an attack in Kabul that killed 12 people, including an American soldier.

"We are hoping that Trump's visit to Afghanistan will prove that he is serious to start talks again. We don't think he has not much of a choice," said a senior Taliban commander on conditions of anonymity.

Donald Trump, Mark A. Milley posing for the camera: FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump makes an unannounced visit to U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan © Reuters/TOM BRENNER FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump makes an unannounced visit to U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan

There are currently about 13,000 U.S. forces as well as thousands of other NATO troops in Afghanistan, 18 years after an invasion by a U.S.-led coalition following the Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

About 2,400 U.S. service members have been killed in the course of the Afghan conflict.

A draft accord agreed in September would have thousands of American troops withdrawn in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan would not be used as a base for militant attacks on the United States or its allies.

Still, many U.S. officials doubt the Taliban could be relied upon to prevent al Qaeda from again plotting attacks against the United States from Afghan soil.

(Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Humeyra Pamuk and Idrees Ali; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

Report finds Taliban were deadlier than ISIS in 2018 .
Attacks by the Taliban were deadlier than those committed by any other group in 2018, according to a report released by an international think tank on Wednesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The 2019 Global Terrorism Index found that the militant group took significantly more lives than ISIS did last year. Although the overall number of deaths by terrorism declined in 2018, according to the report, 71 countries recorded at least one death by terrorism.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 0
This is interesting!