Reactions to President Trump’s Announcement Cancelling Afghan Peace Talks

  • Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has said that its main policy is to emphasize that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
  • Pashtun nationalists in Pakistan have also reacted and welcomed the termination of US peace talks with the Taliban.
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif also tweeted expressing deep concern over Afghan peace talks.

Pakistan has reacted to US President Donald Trump’s recent remarks, and said that Islamabad will always believe that Afghanistan’s conflict cannot be resolved through war. Pakistan is optimistic that talks will resume between the US and the Taliban, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement added that Pakistan has always condemned the violence, and called on all sides to remain committed to pursuing the peace process. The statement said that Pakistan laid good groundwork and shared responsibility in the peace and reconciliation process, and encouraged all parties to work sincerely and enthusiastically. Pakistan has said that its main policy is to emphasize that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that the warring parties want to join the negotiations for ongoing political reconciliation and peace.

Pashtun nationalism is a political and social movement which promotes the idea that the Pashtuns are deserving of a sovereign nation in their homeland of Pashtunistan, which consists of the Pashtun-majority parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Pashtuns are 42% of the population of Afghanistan and 15% of the population in Pakistan.

Pakistan says it is looking for positive participation in the resumption of peace talks.  On the other hand, Pashtun nationalists in the country have also reacted and welcomed the termination of US peace talks with the Taliban. Some have even alleged that the talks were not publicized by the Afghans and that Punjab (Pakistan) was talking to the US. These nationalists expressed their concerns over talks in Doha to politicians, calling out the Afghan government’s failure in the entire process.

Senator, and member of the Pakhtunkhwa National Awami Party, Usman Kakar, said the Afghan people are the most sacrificed people in the world, and said peace should be reached. According to him, a first priority should be given to the Afghan government rather than the United States in the Afghan peace process.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif also tweeted expressing deep concern over Afghan peace talks. “Broken foreigners must leave Afghanistan and human slaughter must stop, especially the new bloodshed that can benefit foreigners,” he said. Mr. Zarif said Iran was ready to work with the Afghan government and other parties and neighbors to curb violence.

US President Donald Trump has canceled peace talks at Camp David with Taliban leaders and the Afghan president, and has stopped talks on peace and security between the US and the Taliban. Mr. Trump said in a series of tweets on Saturday that he was supposed to meet with Taliban leaders at Camp David on Sunday. In addition to canceling the meeting, he ordered talks between the United States and the Taliban to be stopped, as the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul that killed eight people, including an American soldier.

The Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party is a left-wing, Pashtun nationalist party in Pakistan. The electoral base of the PMAP is in Balochistan. The PMAP aims to unite the Pashtuns of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas into a single entity, the only way, according to the party, to make their rights recognized.

In its first reaction to the termination of peace talks with the US after the announcement, the armed Taliban have said that the biggest blow to President Donald Trump’s decision will be to the United States itself. The Taliban said in a detailed statement that they were talking to the Americans over the years, and that the talks were in a good atmosphere. According to the statement, President Trump has made it clear that Americans believe in war, but on the other hand, the Taliban are committed to their talks.

Islamabad has always said that it is committed to real peace in Afghanistan and will help bring about it.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.


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