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Donald Trump announces the end of peace negotiations in Afghanistan


The US president has canceled secret talks with the Taliban, scheduled to take place Sunday at Camp David. Negotiations seemed to be about to end.

US President Donald Trump leaves the Oval Office in Washington on September 5th. JOSHUA ROBERTS / REUTERS

Donald Trump announced on Saturday (September 7th) that he was putting an end to the Taliban's "peace talks" with the Taliban for a year to help end 18 years of conflict in Afghanistan, which seemed to be on the verge of reaching an agreement. historical.

The US president has also revealed that he will initially meet on Sunday at Camp David, separately and in total secrecy, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and "the main leaders of the Taliban" . "I immediately canceled the meeting," he said on Twitter, denouncing Thursday's insurgent assault on Kabul, which killed several people including a US soldier.

"What kind of people are ready to kill so many people to find themselves in a position of strength? " Asks the American president.

"If they are unable to accept a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and at the same time are able to kill twelve innocent people, then they probably do not have the means to negotiate a meaningful deal. How many more decades will they fight? "

An agreement about to be concluded

The attack Thursday was the second in a few days in the Afghan capital to be claimed by the insurgents despite the "agreement in principle" that the US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad claimed to have reached with them in the Doha talks, and he was went to present earlier this week to President Ghani.

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The Trump administration had initiated a year ago these direct and unprecedented Taliban negotiations that the Americans had removed from power at the beginning of their intervention in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the attacks of 11 September 2001 perpetrated by Al-Qaida.

An agreement was about to be reached to allow for the gradual withdrawal of 13,000 to 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, in return for Taliban counterterrorist safeguards, "reduction of violence" and launching direct peace negotiations with the Kabul authorities, to which the insurgents had so far always refused.

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