- Pompeo called for a concrete reduction of violence and urged the two sides to quickly find a peace roadmap.
- Afghan branch of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group claimed responsibility for attack..
- Saudi foreign minister has said he is confident that US policy will continue to strengthen political stability in the region.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on Taliban leaders to reach an agreement with the Afghan government as soon as possible on a permanent ceasefire and a reduction in violence. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with a Taliban delegation in Doha, Qatar.
According to the US State Department, Pompeo on Saturday (December 21st) in a conversation with “Mullah Abu Ghani Baradar”, the Taliban deputy leader and other members of the delegation called for a concrete reduction of violence and urged the two sides to quickly find a peace roadmap.
According to the report, the US Secretary of State also met with a delegation from the Afghan government.
“I would be most interested in getting your thoughts on how we can increase the probability of a successful outcome”, Pompeo said.
On the other hand, attacks by the Taliban and other extremist groups in Afghanistan have increased in the past week. On Saturday, after a rocket attack on Kabul, the Afghan government accused the Taliban of involvement in the attack, but the Taliban denied the allegations, and hours later, the Afghan branch of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group claimed responsibility. .
Under an agreement reached between the Taliban and the United States in February, the Taliban has pledged to negotiate peace with the central government.
Talks between the two countries began in September with the mediation of Qatar, but have not yet reached a conclusion. Under the agreement between the United States and the Taliban, the Donald Trump administration has pledged to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan and, in return, the Taliban will not attack the remaining NATO forces.
Saudi Government in Good Cooperation with the Biden Government
The Saudi foreign minister has said he is confident of Biden’s approach to the need to strengthen political stability in the Middle East. He also said that talks with the new US administration would pave the way for strong cooperation.
Following the defeat of Donald Trump in the US elections, the concern of Saudi officials about the possibility of reconsidering the regional policies of the new US administration has increased.
“I’m confident that a Biden administration would continue to pursue policies that are in the interest of regional stability,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud told Reuters. “Any discussions we will have with the future administration will lead to strong cooperation.”
A Reuters report from Riyadh covers remarks made by Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and his assessment of the new US administration’s policies. The Saudi foreign minister has said he is confident that US policy will continue to strengthen political stability in the region.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Farhan told reporters that the Biden government would pursue the same policies aimed at stabilizing the region. The Saudi Foreign Minister has said that any dialogue between the Saudi government and the new US administration will lead to stronger cooperation and interaction between the two countries.
The Biden government is said to be unhappy with the continuation of the war in Yemen by the Saudi-led military coalition. In addition, Biden does not appear to be continuing the Trump administration’s policy of supporting Mohammad bin Salman in connection with the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi.