Trump: “No Rush” for Taliban Talks

  • Trump will "see what happens" in talks with the Taliban, the Afghan government, and other stakeholders.
  • On Monday, he told reporters that his role in Afghanistan was neither a security force nor a police force and the Americans would have nothing else to do.
  • Reuters quoted a Taliban commander, saying that after agreeing with the Americans, they would continue their attacks on Afghan forces.

US President Donald Trump says there is “no rush,” and “no timeline” for Afghan peace talks with the Taliban. President Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the G7 summit in France on Monday that there are no plans for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan.

President Trump was talking to reporters yesterday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the French city of Biarritz. He added that the US government is currently in talks with the Taliban, the Afghan government, and other stakeholders, and will see what happens.

Perhaps for some analysts, President Trump’s remarks are surprising, given that he has repeatedly insisted on withdrawing his troops from Afghanistan, and ending US involvement in the Afghan War.

Zalmay Khalilzad is an Afghan-American diplomat, who has served as Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the State Department since September 2018. He has been involved with US policymakers in the State Department and the Pentagon since the mid-1980s, and served as the American Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations.

On Monday, he told reporters that his role in Afghanistan was neither a security force nor a police force, and the Americans would have nothing else to do.

President Trump said those words at a time when the 9th round of peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the US delegation in Doha continues.

An important prerequisite for the Taliban in this dialogue is that the US government should announce a deadline to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

On the other hand, Zalmai Khalilzad, the special envoy to Afghanistan, from US State Department for Afghan Peace, rejected a report on Monday by Reuters that the US would stop supporting Afghan forces after agreeing with the Taliban. He said the Afghan forces would be defended before and after agreeing with the Taliban.

Mr. Khalilzad posted on his Twitter page that no one should pass the propaganda. He said all the stakeholders agreed that the future of Afghanistan would be discussed in international dialogue.

Earlier, Reuters quoted a Taliban commander, saying that after agreeing with the Americans, they would continue their attacks on Afghan forces.

Another Taliban commander told the agency that after the agreement, US forces would not come to support Afghan forces.

It is expected that this time in Doha, both sides— namely the Taliban representatives and the American delegation— will reach an agreement among themselves, with which to facilitate intra-Afghan dialogue.

Ashraf Ghani is an Afghan politician and the current President of Afghanistan. An anthropologist by education, he previously served as Finance Minister, from 2002-04, and Chancellor of Kabul University, from 2004-08. Ghani defeated National Coalition candidate Abdullah Abdullah with 56% of the vote in the 2014 presidential election.

Observers believe that intra-Afghan talks will be exhausting, difficult, and lengthy, and that negotiations with the Taliban and US representatives may take a long time, which lasted about ten months.

Intra-Afghan talks will discuss a permanent ceasefire, Afghanistan’s upcoming political system, the joining of the armed Taliban to the community, transitional justice, and women’s rights.

There is still heated debate on the composition of the Afghan delegation, consisting of government and non-governmental officials, and the Afghan government for intra-Afghan talks with the Taliban.

A Taliban source told news reporters that there were talks about how many people should be linked to the Taliban for intra-Afghan talks.

On the other hand, the Afghan government has not announced the names of its delegation so far, and President Ashraf Ghani has said that the date and place of the talks are known, and the government delegation will be announced.

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