KABUL: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated on Tuesday he hopes for a peace take care of the Taliban “earlier than September 1”, talking as he made his first go to to Kabul since Washington launched peace talks final yr.
Pompeo met President Ashraf Ghani in addition to General Scott Miller, who leads NATO’s Afghanistan mission and the US battle effort within the nation, in addition to different high-level Afghan officers throughout the unannounced one-day visit to the Afghan capital.
He stated peace was Washington’s “highest precedence”.
Final September the US started a recent push to deliver the Taliban to the negotiating desk to finish America’s longest battle.
“I hope we have now a peace deal earlier than September 1, that’s definitely our mission set,” Pompeo stated throughout the go to.
US officers have beforehand stated 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 international troop presence, an intra-Afghan dialogue, and a everlasting ceasefire.
The Taliban have insisted that international troops should go away, and refused to talk with the Afghan authorities in Kabul, whom they deem “puppets”.
Pompeo stated 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.
“In gentle of this progress we’ve begun discussions with the Taliban relating to international army presence which right now stays conditions-based,” he stated.
“And whereas we’ve made clear to the Taliban that we’re ready to take away our forces, I need to be clear we’ve not but agreed on a timeline to take action.”