China calls for continuation of Afghan peace talks

Trump’s US-Taliban move pushes Afghans toward fragile vote

Despite U.S. fatalities in attacks attributed to the Taliban, the talks have proceeded.

"It is not a satisfactory reason that recent attacks prompted Trump to call off the talks", he said, expressing the hope that the United States would return to the talks. "As far as I'm concerned, they're dead", Trump told reporters at the White House after he was asked about the peace talks.

US President Donald Trump proclaimed talks with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders dead, while the general in charge said the US military is likely to ramp up operations in Afghanistan to counter increasing Taliban attacks. We have not done as many harsh attacks on the Taliban in the last four days as in the last 10 years.

The announcement adopted Trump's dramatic cancellation of a top-secret plan to fly Taliban leaders in for direct talks on the Camp David presidential facility outdoors Washington.

During the past year the USA and the Taliban carried out eight rounds of negotiations at which they discussed the withdrawal of the army, ceasefire, the prospects of future inter-Afghan relations and the guarantees that Afghanistan will not become a ground for worldwide terrorism. But given the U.S.' limited options after 18 years of engagement in Afghanistan, it's worth a try.

"We hope the American side to review its current stance", he said.

Trump scrapped talks with the Taliban planned for Camp David over the weekend after an American soldier was killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul last week.

Last month Trump said he would reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan from 14,000 to 8,600 and didn't link the withdrawal to an agreement with the Taliban.

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Ghani, who was sidelined from months of negotiations between U.S. officials and Taliban representatives, had been deeply suspicious of the talks. "I am confident President Trump will continue the process of [reconciliation]".

Asked by Fox News if the talks were "now dead" and what it might take to restart them, Pompeo said "for the time being they are" dead and "if the other team commits an act that's inconsistent with that, President Trump is not going to take that deal. That's not going to happen", McKenzie told a group of reporters travelling with him during a stop at Bagram Airfield in northeastern Afghanistan.

"They (talks with the Taliban) are dead".

Getting out of Afghanistan, where United States troops have fought against the Taliban for almost two decades, has been a top priority for Trump and on Monday he reiterated his intention of pulling out "by the earliest possible time".

In his interview to Fox News, Pompeo said that the USA and Taliban negotiators had been working for months for a peace and reconciliation deal.

Trump said that the United States has been a policeman there for a long time and "we'd like to get out but we'll get out at the right time".

The Taliban "are the people who are partially responsible for our loved ones dying and other Americans dying", Riches said, but "I'd like to see it end".

An unidentified official from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which maintains a force of about 16,000 troops in Afghanistan, told AFP on September 9 that its focus "remains unchanged" in the wake of Trump's decision to cancel the secret meeting.

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