[Kabul / Washington 8th Reuters]-Afghan rebel Taliban canceled the secret talk that US President Trump planned to invite the leading Taliban leader and his country's President Gani to the suburbs of Washington on the 8th In response, he issued a statement and warned that "more lives will be lost in the United States."
Mr. Trump was scheduled to hold a secret meeting on the 8th at President Sanso Camp David, but announced that he suddenly ceased on the 7th after a suicide bombing killed by US soldiers in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
A Taliban spokesman criticized Mr. Trump for closing the dialogue and warned, "This will result in more lives being lost in the United States." “The US credibility will be affected, and anti-peace will be exposed to the world, resulting in an increase in lives and loss of assets.”
US Secretary of State Pompeo revealed in an interview on a US TV show that he had brought back to the US a special representative for Harilzad Afghan peace, who had been in peace talks with the Taliban. In the FOX News, he replied, “Yes, for the time being” to the question of whether the Afghan peace talks disappeared.
He said he would not reduce the US troops stationed in Afghanistan until he was convinced that the Taliban would implement a meaningful agreement.
Harilzad said last week that he had tentatively agreed with the Taliban side to withdraw about 5,000 US troops stationed in Afghanistan within 135 days and close five bases.
Mr. Pompeo replied, “A president has not made a decision yet,” in a US ABC program asking if 14,000 US troops stationed in Afghanistan would be put on hold due to a breakdown.
According to Mr. Pompeo, Mr. Trump has decided to have a secret meeting at Camp David in order to conclude the final agreement with his involvement after the "clear progress" in the peace talks.
The Afghan Presidential Office said on August 8 that President Trump canceled the meeting, and that true Afghan peace was only possible if the Taliban first ceased violence and started direct dialogue with the Afghan government.
Cheong Wa Dae said in a statement that "true peace comes when the Taliban agrees to ceasefire."