Pompeo: Afghan talks prone to be contentious

Islamabad, September 11

Much-anticipated negotiations between Afghanistan’s combatants are prone to be “contentious”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Friday, however are the one means ahead if Afghans are to seek out peace after many years of relentless battle.

Pompeo made his feedback en path to the Middle Eastern State of Qatar, the place intra-Afghan negotiations are to start Saturday, a day largely reserved for ceremony earlier than the exhausting activity of hammering out a street map for a post-war Afghanistan begins.

The negotiations have been specified by a peace deal Washington brokered with the Taliban and signed in Doha on February 29 aimed toward ending the battle and bringing US troops dwelling ending America’s longest battle.

“It’s taken us longer than I wish that it had to get from February 29 to here but we expect Saturday morning, for the first time in almost two decades, to have the Afghans sitting at the table together prepared to have what will be contentious discussions about how to move their country forward to reduce violence and deliver what the Afghan people are demanding — a reconciled Afghanistan with a government that reflects a country that isn’t at war,” Pompeo mentioned on the airplane taking him to Doha.

“It’s their country to figure out how to move forward and make a better life for all Afghan people,” he mentioned.

President Donald Trump made the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan a promise earlier than the 2016 presidential election. In the countdown to this November’s presidential polls, Washington has ramped up stress to begin intra-Afghan negotiations.

Pompeo in his feedback made it clear the US was able to return troopers to Afghanistan if it noticed a menace rising and the Taliban reneged on their commitments. But he warned of spoilers to peace, citing current focused killings in Afghanistan and an tried assassination of Afghan vice-president Amrullah Saleh. — AP

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