- "If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway," Trump tweeted.
- Separate meetings with Taliban leaders and the Afghan president were to be held Sunday at Camp David.
- Inter-Afghan talks were to begin immediately after the signing of the peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban.
US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he had canceled peace talks with the Taliban. Trump wrote in his tweet that talks with the Taliban were canceled after an attack in Kabul, which killed 12 people, including an American soldier.
“What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position,” he tweeted. “If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway.”
In his Twitter message, the US president said that the Taliban claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack “in order to build false leverage.” He asked, “how many more decades are they willing to fight?”
Trump also said that “secret meetings with Taliban leaders at Camp David” have also been canceled. Separate meetings with Taliban leaders and the Afghan president were to be held Sunday at Camp David. “They were coming to the United States tonight.”
Trump also said in his tweet that if the Taliban cannot make a ceasefire, it means they lack the ability to negotiate a meaningful deal. It should be noted that the ongoing peace talks between US and Taliban representatives in Qatar’s capital, Doha, have come to an end.
According to the proposed peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban, about 5,000 American troops will leave Afghanistan in 20 weeks in exchange for security guarantees by the Taliban. There are currently about 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan. Since the US invasion in 2001, nearly 3,500 members of the international coalition have been killed in Afghanistan so far, of which more than 2,300 are US troops.
On the other hand, it is difficult to estimate the number of Afghan civilians, militants and government forces killed in the war. The UN said in a February 2019 report that more than 32,000 Afghan civilians have been killed in the war so far. Meanwhile, according to the Watson Institute at Brown University, 58,000 security personnel and 42,000 opposition fighters have been killed in the war.
Inter-Afghan talks were to begin immediately after the signing of the peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban. Talks would include a ceasefire, future political system of Afghanistan, constitutional amendments, government partnerships and the future of Taliban fighters. Meanwhile, Taliban attacks in Afghanistan continue, according to authorities. A recent incident in the city of Farah has caused Taliban militants to fire on an Afghan army recruiting center.
The country’s security forces have tried to take down the attackers through ground and air operations in retaliation. A day before the attack, ten people were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul. The Taliban have tried to capture Kunduz and Puli-Khumri in the past two weeks, despite ongoing negotiations for a peace deal with the United States. Earlier, both the US and the Afghan government had mentioned their priorities, including the US first priority peace treaty, while the Afghan government’s first priority is the presidential elections to be held at the end of September.