Pompeo hopes for Afghan peace deal earlier than September 1

KABUL: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned on Tuesday he hopes for a peace cope with the Taliban “earlier than September 1”, talking as he made his first go to to Kabul since Washington launched peace talks final 12 months.

Pompeo met President Ashraf Ghani in addition to Normal Scott Miller, who leads NATO’s Afghanistan mission and the US struggle effort within the nation, in addition to different high-level Afghan officers through the unannounced one-day go to to the Afghan capital.

Final September the US started a recent push to carry the Taliban to the negotiating desk to finish America’s longest struggle.

“I hope we have now a peace deal earlier than September 1, that’s definitely our mission set,” Pompeo mentioned through the go to.

US officers have beforehand mentioned they’re hoping for a deal earlier than the upcoming Afghan presidential elections, which have already been delayed twice and at the moment are set for September.

The subsequent spherical of talks between the Taliban and the US are set to start on June 29 in Doha.

The talks have centred on 4 points: counter-terrorism, the overseas troop presence, an intra-Afghan dialogue, and a everlasting ceasefire.

The Taliban have insisted that overseas troops should depart, and refused to talk with the Afghan authorities in Kabul, whom they deem “puppets”.

Pompeo mentioned the US is sort of able to conclude a “draft textual content” outlining Taliban guarantees by no means to permit Afghanistan for use as a base for worldwide terrorism once more.

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