Trump insists on ceasefire as a precondition for Afghan peace talks

Trump insists on ceasefire as a precondition for Afghan peace talks Trump insists on ceasefire as a precondition for Afghan peace talks

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US President Donald Trump, in a telephone conversation with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, has insisted on a ceasefire as a precondition to begin... Trump insists on ceasefire as a precondition for Afghan peace talks

US President Donald Trump, in a telephone conversation with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, has insisted on a ceasefire as a precondition to begin peace talks, presidential palace spokesman Sediq Sediqi said in a series of tweets on Friday.

According to the tweets, Trump also told Ghani that for any process to succeed, the inclusion of Afghanistan in the talks is “imperative.”

The US and the Taliban had been talking in a bid to put an end to the 18-year-long Afghan conflict for almost a year before the talks were called off by Trump in September at what was reported to be the last minute.

The Afghan government was largely marginalized in the talks as per Taliban refusal. Through the Taliban’s lens, the Afghan government is nothing beyond a “puppet regime.”

In reaction to the phone call, a spokesman for the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, told dpa that once the US left Afghanistan, the Taliban will talk with all Afghan sides, but not with the Afghan government as a “legitimate state.”

Prospects for peace in Afghanistan seem distant despite the recent release of three key Taliban members in exchange for two Kabul-based American University of Afghanistan professors, a move the Taliban said will help with the peace process.

A few days after the swap, the Taliban claimed to have shot down a US Chinook helicopter in south-eastern Logar province on Wednesday, killing two US soldiers.

On the same day, the militants killed at least 12 Afghan soldiers in northern Kunduz province, in yet another usual overnight attack.

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