Back in September, Mr. Trump called off negotiations with the Taliban and Afghanistan following the Taliban’s claim for an attack in Kabul that killed 11 civilians and a U.S. service member.
On Thanksgiving Day, Mr. Trump announced to troops in Afghanistan that the U.S.-Taliban talks he canceled in September were back on again. He said that the Taliban “wants to make a deal.”
However, although the Taliban has agreed to a possible cease-fire, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said:
‘We are ready to talk, but we have the same stance to resume the talks from where it was suspended.’
According to MSN News:
‘A spokesperson for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told the newspaper that Trump’s trip to Afghanistan this week was “important” but that “we will have to see” whether it changed anything.’
Spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said:
‘It is too early to comment on any changes or any perceived changes.’
A senior administration official said:
‘If an agreement can be reached, the two sides could potentially expand the talks and pave the way for signing a peace agreement.’
Earlier in November, an Australian and three Taliban members were freed in a prison swap.
According to USA Today:
‘Trump announced the restart of peace negotiations with the Taliban during a bilateral meeting with Ghani. The two presidents sat at one end of the room at the military headquarters, where four alternating U.S. and Afghan flags were erected behind the two leaders, according to pool reports.’
Trump told reporters:
‘The Taliban wants to make a deal – we’ll see if they make a deal. If they do, they do, and if they don’t, they don’t. That’s fine.’
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